Definition of conquest in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌkwest/


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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Syllabification: con·quest

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