Definition of conquest in English:


Syllabification: con·quest
Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌkwest, ˈkäNG-


  • 1The subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by use of military force: the conquest of the Aztecs by the Spanish
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    • Recent history, however, suggests the existence of many relevant uses of military force besides conquest or even coercion.
    • The use of military force for conquest and expansion is a security strategy that most leaders reject in this age of complex interdependence and globalization.
    • Thus, one may question the legitimacy of subsequent wars of conquest, military campaigns to subjugate and plunder peoples, and battles to gain territory.
    defeat, vanquishment, annihilation, overthrow, subjugation, rout, mastery, crushing; victory over, triumph over
    informal beatdown
    seizure, takeover, capture, occupation, invasion, acquisition, appropriation, subjugation, subjection
  • 1.1A territory that has been gained by the use of subjugation and military force: colonial conquests
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    • The next day we headed to the gay Beach Number 7, which was marked like a territorial conquest with a huge rainbow flag flapping in the breeze.
    • He added new lands to old and carefully consolidated his conquests by founding Greek cities abroad.
    • The scale and rapidity of the German advance into Russia, coming on top of earlier conquests, posed obvious administrative problems for the conquerors.
  • 1.2 (the Conquest) The invasion and assumption of control of England by William of Normandy in 1066. See also Norman Conquest.
  • 1.3The overcoming of a problem or weakness: the conquest of inflation
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    • These are among the reasons why the conquest of poverty has become the overarching Millennium goal of the United Nations.
    • It pledged to make the conquest of poverty, achieve the goal of full employment and foster social integration, prevailing over objectives of development.
    • But the conquest of hunger and malnutrition requires additional links in the food chain.
  • 1.4A person whose affection or favor has been won: someone he could display before his friends as his latest conquest
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    • For example, let's see some equal time given to the sexual conquests of young females at the box office.
    • Sexuality and sexual conquest, after all, can be experienced by men as humiliating and stressful as well as thrilling.
    • He had no real love for her, but considered her a conquest unlike most other women.
    catch, acquisition, prize, slave; admirer, fan, worshiper; lover, boyfriend, girlfriend


Middle English: from Old French conquest(e), based on Latin conquirere (see conquer).

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