conquer

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  • To gain control of or subdue by military force.
  • To defeat in war: <i>synonym</i>: <strong> defeat</strong>.
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  • To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example).
  • To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally.
  • To reach the summit of (a mountain) by climbing.
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  • To gain the affection or admiration of.
  • To seduce.
  • To be victorious; win.
  • To overcome the resistance of; compel to submit or give way; gain a victory over; sub-due by force of arms, or by superior strength or power of any kind: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="conquer">conquer</internalXref> the enemy in battle, or an antagonist in a prize-fight; to <em>conquer</em> a stubborn will, or one's passions.
  • To overcome or surmount, as obstacles, difficulties, or anything that obstructs.
  • To gain or secure by conquest; obtain by effort: as, to <internalXref urlencoded="conquer">conquer</internalXref> peace.
  • <strong>Synonyms</strong> and <em>Overcome, Vanquish, Conquer, Subdue, Subjugate</em>, to overpower, overthrow, defeat, beat, rout, worst, discomfit, humble, crush, subject, master, agree in the general idea expressed by <em>overcome</em>, namely, that of becoming superior to by an effort. The most conspicuous use of these words is in relation to physical struggles, as in war, wrestling, etc., but they refer also to struggles of mind, as in statesmanship, debate, chess, etc. An important difference among them is the implied duration of the victory, <em>overcome</em> and <em>vanquish</em> not reaching beyond the present, <em>conquer</em> implying a good deal of permanence, and <em>subdue</em> and <em>subjugate</em> containing permanence as an essential idea. <em>Overcome</em> is not so strong as <em>vanquish</em>, the former expressing a real victory, but the latter also a complete or great one. <em>Canquer</em> is wider and more general than <em>vanquish</em>, and may imply a succession of struggles or conflicts, while <em>vanquish</em> and <em>overcome</em> refer more commonly to a single conflict. Alexander the Great <em>conquered</em> Asia in a succession of battles, and <em>vanquished</em> Darius in one decisive engagement. In this respect <em>subdue</em> and <em>subjugate</em> are like <internalXref urlencoded="conquer">conquer</internalXref>. <em>Subdue</em> may express a slower, quieter process than <em>conquer.</em> <em>Subjugate</em> is the strongest; it is to bring completely under the yoke. See <internalXref urlencoded="defeat">defeat</internalXref>.
  • To make a conquest; gain the victory.
  • To gain or acquire by force; to take possession of by violent means; to gain dominion over; to subdue by physical means; to reduce; to overcome by force of arms; to cause to yield; to vanquish.
  • To subdue or overcome by mental or moral power; to surmount
  • To gain or obtain, overcoming obstacles in the way; to win.
  • To gain the victory; to overcome; to prevail.
  • to <xref>defeat</xref> in <xref>combat</xref>; to <xref>subjugate</xref>
  • to <xref>overcome</xref> an <xref>abstract</xref> <xref>obstacle</xref>
  • to <xref>gain</xref>, <xref>win</xref>, or <xref>obtain</xref> by effort
  • to <xref>acquire</xref> by force of arms, <xref>win</xref> in <xref>war</xref>
  • overcome by conquest
  • to put down by force or authority
  • take possession of by force, as after an invasion
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