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- conquire (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒŋkə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑŋkɚ/
- Hyphenation: con‧quer
- Rhymes: -ɒŋkə(ɹ)
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- Homophone: conker
- To defeat in combat; to subjugate.
- To acquire by force of arms, win in war.
- In 1453, the Ottoman Empire conquered Istanbul.
- 1593, [William Shakespeare], Venvs and Adonis, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, […], OCLC 837166078, [verse 17]; 2nd edition, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, […], 1594, OCLC 701755207, lines [97–100]:
- 1714, Alexander Pope, Imitation of Horace, Book II. Sat. 6
- We conquer'd France, but felt our captive's charms.
- To overcome an abstract obstacle.
- Today I conquered my fear of flying by finally boarding a plane.
- to conquer difficulties or temptations
- 1671, John Milton, “Book the First”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398:
- By winning words to conquer willing hearts, / And make persuasion do the work of fear.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, in The Celebrity:
- The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; for, even after she had conquered her love for the Celebrity, the mortification of having been jilted by him remained.
- (dated) To gain, win, or obtain by effort.
- to conquer freedom; to conquer a peace
defeat in combat
acquire by force of arms