Definition of


  1. (verb, change) to put down by force or authority
    stamp down on littering
    conquer one's desires
  2. (verb, possession) take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    The army seized the town
    The militia captured the castle
  3. (verb, competition) overcome by conquest
    conquer a country

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Origin of the word Conquer

  1. c.1200, from O.Fr. conquerre, from V.L. *conqu?rere (for L. conquirere) "to search for, procure," from L. com- intensive prefix + qu?rere "to seek, acquire" (see query). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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