Definition of conquest in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒŋkwɛst


[mass noun]
  • 1The subjugation and assumption of control of a place or people by 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.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A territory which has been subjugated by 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.
  • 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.
  • 1.4The successful ascent of a mountain, especially one not previously climbed: the conquest of Everest
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    • His film will commemorate the golden jubilee of Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary's conquest of Mt. Everest.
    • It involves the conquest of the summit, followed by some kind of mishap that leaves the two buddies stranded in a snowstorm, hopefully with no food and at least one broken limb, while winter approaches, rescue is impossible, and the only choice is between one person dying, and two.
    • After the conquest of the summit, many meters of ropes were left on the way and when a Japanese expedition attempted the climb again in 1977, they found and used the fixed ropes left there 22 years before: those red striped nylon braids were still in perfect condition.
  • 1.5 [count noun] A person whose affection or favour has been won: she was 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, captive, prize, slave; admirer, fan, worshipper; lover, love, boyfriend, girlfriend
    literary swain
    archaic gallant, paramour, leman


make a conquest of

Win the affections of.
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  • Here he makes a conquest of Lucy, and there ensues a spirited conflict between Lucy and Polly, the rival claimants of his heart.
  • Many a one, of course, is base enough to gratify his vanity by making a conquest of another man's wife.
  • The interview reveals the secret of how you can make a conquest of a beautiful girl over the net.


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

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