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From Middle English conquest, from Old French conqueste (French conquête).



conquest (countable and uncountable, plural conquests)

  1. Victory gained through combat; the subjugation of an enemy.
  2. (figuratively, by extenstion) An act or instance of overcoming an obstacle.
    • 1843, William H. Prescott, The History of the Conquest of Mexico
      Three years sufficed for the conquest of the country.
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 194:
      The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.
    • 2002, Merle Goldman, Leo Ou-fan Lee, An intellectual history of modern China, →ISBN, page 21:
      Therefore, this dream of the human conquest of selfishness appeared devoid of any strong sense of the necessity of internal struggle to overcome it
  3. That which is conquered; possession gained by force, physical or moral.
  4. (obsolete, feudal law) The acquiring of property by other means than by inheritance; acquisition.
  5. (colloquial, figuratively) A person whose romantic affections one has gained, or with whom one has had sex.
  6. (video games) A competitive mode found in first-person shooter games in which competing teams (usually two) attempt to take over predetermined spawn points labeled by flags.

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conquest (third-person singular simple present conquests, present participle conquesting, simple past and past participle conquested)

  1. (archaic) To conquer.
  2. (marketing) To compete with an established competitor by placing advertisements for one's own products adjacent to editorial content relating to the competitor or by using terms and keywords for one's own products that are currently associated with the competitor.

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From Old French conqueste.



conquest (plural conquestes)

  1. A conquest or invasion; a forcible takeover.
  2. The act of attaining victory or winning.
  3. The spoils of war; the fruit of victory.
  4. William the Conqueror's invasion of England.
  5. (rare) discord, battle, division


  • English: conquest