- 1Overcome and take control of (a place or people) by military force: he conquered Cyprus • figurative they’ve conquered new markets in Japan (as adjective conquered) a conquered peopleMore example sentences
defeat, beat, vanquish, trounce, annihilate, triumph over, be victorious over, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their knees, overcome, overwhelm, overpower, overthrow, subdue, subjugate, put down, quell, quash, crush, repress, rout• informal lick, hammer, clobber, thrash, paste, pound, pulverize, demolish, destroy, drub, give someone a drubbing, cane, wipe the floor with, walk all over, give someone a hiding, take to the cleaners, blow someone out of the water, make mincemeat of, murder, massacre, slaughter, flatten, turn inside out, tankBritish • informal stuffUS • informal ownseize, take possession of, take control of, take over, appropriate, subjugate, capture, occupy, invade, annex, overrun, win
- You begin with a starbase and a couple of other structures and ships, and must collect resources to build massive strike forces to conquer an area of space.
- By controlling the countryside, they conquered the towns.
- After a while, there is no point trying to conquer the place, and the soldiers go home, leaving a force of a few men who are soon integrated into the country.
- 1.1Successfully overcome (a problem or weakness): a fear she never managed to conquerMore example sentences
- Each flag signals that the driver of the vehicle is clinically obese, and would welcome help from passers-by in conquering the problem.
- Who, after all, could deride the allocation of funding to the process of conquering the problems associated with those issues?
- Last year, 58 addicts were treated, of which around 20 are believed to have conquered their problems.
- 1.2Climb (a mountain) successfully: the second Briton to conquer EverestMore example sentences
- Many attempt to climb this mountain but the climb is steep and on loose scree; to be physically fit and have a real desire to climb is essential to conquer this small mountain.
- Until that point, the action has centred on two mountaineers who have come adrift from each other after conquering a peak never climbed before (or since - this is a true story).
- James always had his sights set firmly on conquering the mountain and prior to the climb the spirited and adventuresome youngster trained for five weeks in the Commeragh mountains.
- 1.3Gain the love, admiration, or respect of (a person or group of people): the Beatles were to leave Liverpool and conquer the worldMore example sentences
- Establishing themselves first in the highly competitive Cork music scene, they then went north to Dublin to conquer the capital.
- For a time in the 1970's they were the British band that conquered America.
- Its success is quite impressive because of the fact it is all about a German band that conquered Europe with hits on the German language.
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- And because it is a tiny island, it is conquerable, it is yours.
- The greens have long been the defence of Augusta, but now they seem conquerable.
- ‘I felt this market was conquerable,’ he responds, ‘so I was on my white horse trying to prove I could sell through this.’
Middle English (also in the general sense 'acquire, attain'): from Old French conquerre, based on Latin conquirere 'gain, win', from con- (expressing completion) + quaerere 'seek'.