conquer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v conquer to put down by force or authority "suppress a nascent uprising","stamp down on littering","conquer one's desires"
    • v conquer overcome by conquest "conquer your fears","conquer a country"
    • v conquer take possession of by force, as after an invasion "the invaders seized the land and property of the inhabitants","The army seized the town","The militia captured the castle"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bananas were discovered by Alexander the Great in 327 B.C. when he conquered India
    • Conquer 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. "If thou conquer Rome.""If we be conquer'd , let men conquer us.""We conquered France, but felt our captive's charms."
    • Conquer To gain or obtain, overcoming obstacles in the way; to win; as, to conquer freedom; to conquer a peace.
    • v. i Conquer kŏṉ"kẽr To gain the victory; to overcome; to prevail. "He went forth conquering and to conquer .""The champions resolved to conquer or to die."
    • Conquer To subdue or overcome by mental or moral power; to surmount; as, to conquer difficulties, temptation, etc. "By winning words to conquer hearts,
      And make persuasion do the work of fear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ghengis Kahn's first conquered land was an act of retaliation. Kahn sent a group of traders on a peaceful mission to Transoxiana. The governor there beheaded their leader and sent the others back to Kahn with their beards cut off. So Kahn attacked them and continued to onward until most of Asia and Europe were his.
    • conquer 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 conquer the enemy in battle, or an antagonist in a prize-fight; to conquer a stubborn will, or one's passions.
    • conquer To overcome or surmount, as obstacles, difficulties, or anything that obstructs.
    • conquer To gain or secure by conquest; obtain by effort: as, to conquer peace.
    • conquer Synonyms and Overcome, Vanquish, Conquer, Subdue, Subjugate, to overpower, overthrow, defeat, beat, rout, worst, discomfit, humble, crush, subject, master, agree in the general idea expressed by overcome, 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, overcome and vanquish not reaching beyond the present, conquer implying a good deal of permanence, and subdue and subjugate containing permanence as an essential idea. Overcome is not so strong as vanquish, the former expressing a real victory, but the latter also a complete or great one. Canquer is wider and more general than vanquish, and may imply a succession of struggles or conflicts, while vanquish and overcome refer more commonly to a single conflict. Alexander the Great conquered Asia in a succession of battles, and vanquished Darius in one decisive engagement. In this respect subdue and subjugate are like conquer. Subdue may express a slower, quieter process than conquer. Subjugate is the strongest; it is to bring completely under the yoke. See defeat.
    • conquer To make a conquest; gain the victory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Napoleon had conquered Italy by the time he was twenty-six.
    • v.t Conquer kong′kėr to gain by force or with an effort: to overcome or vanquish
    • v.i Conquer to be victor
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Quotations

  • John Dryden
    John%20Dryden
    “For they conquer who believe they can.”
  • George Eliot
    George%20Eliot
    “The desire to conquer is itself a sort of subjection.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “The first and the best victory is to conquer self.”
  • Baron Pierre De Coubertin
    Baron Pierre De Coubertin
    “The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
  • Ovid
    Ovid
    “Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. conquerre, F. conquérir, fr. L. conquirere, -quisitum, to seek or search for, to bring together, LL., to conquer; con-, + quaerere, to seek. See Quest

Usage

In literature:

The gloom of the grave face would not be conquered.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
There are no 'conquered provinces' for us to spoil.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
It is the place where the natural man must conquer his appetites, and long for, and finally seek for, a realm of order.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
Asoka was occupied for years in conquering and consolidating his empire; so was Akbar.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
If it is to be conquered, I will conquer it.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
But suppose we succeed in our enterprise and conquer them, what use shall we make of our victory?
"Pyrrhus" by Jacob Abbott
On that memorable day all the flower of Austria's nobility lay dead within the country they had hoped so easily to conquer.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
A rope fixed to the litter, fastened to the Pharaoh the chariots of the conquered chiefs.
"The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5" by Theophile Gautier
Dominant in the south of Europe, the great order soon went forth conquering and to conquer.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
If Tartar emperor succeeded in conquering Europe, my father said, he would be well qualified to serve as his falconer.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

We promise nought hereafter,
We cannot conquer pain,
But work, and rest, and laughter,
Will soothe the tortured brain.
"The Spirits for Good" by Henry Lawson
"Westerners like to conquer mountains;
Orientals like to contemplate them.
As for me, I like to taste the mountains."
"mountains" by Santoka Taneda
E'en a woman — women hear,
Read in Maccabees the story,
Conquer'd nature, love, and fear,
To obtain a crown of glory.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
Patriotic zeal and pity,
Effort born of brother love,
These your arms, go on and conquer;
Success waits you from above.
"Comparative Slavery" by Janet Hamilton
"Hark! to-morrow, conquering, slay me,
Blest shall be thy toil:
After wrestling, strip me, lay me
Sleeping in the soil.
"Mon-Daw-Min" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Lord, our iniquities prevail,
But pard'ning grace is thine;
And thou wilt grant us power and skill
To conquer every sin.
"Psalm 65 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Tom Hanks Goes Ego-Crazy on Colbert, Conquering NYC TV Shows (Video).
Connors conquered with intensity By Larry Schwartz Special to ESPN.com He was raised by women to conquer men, and that's exactly what Jimmy Connors did.
He conquered them, as he had been taught by his mother and grandmother, on the tennis courts.
Black Friday shoppers join forces to conquer crowds, sales.
Blu-ray Looking to Conquer Standard DVDs.
"This year we conquered Shakespeare, and that's a feat in and of its own," senior Maren McClanahan said.
The La Villa Cardinals conquered the Santa Maria Cougars in a 31-12 game.
La Villa Cardinals conquer Santa Maria Cougars.
Divide and Conquer News Archive.
How to conquer childhood Santaphobia.
Cougars conquer a pair of fields.
Trucks conquer Marquette Mountain drive.
CBS 2 THIS MORNING wants to help you " Conquer the Corridor".
I headed back to Colorado during Fourth of July week with the goal of spending a solid 10 hours conquering Elbert.
Workman, who was part of the last Graham to team to reach the state tourney, wants similar success this season, beginning with conquering the MED.
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In science:

Our basic framework for randomized divide-and-conquer is exemplified by Resichuk’s parallel sorting algorithm.
Efficient cache oblivious algorithms for randomized divide-and-conquer on the multicore model
Our algorithm is based on the algorithm given in Reif and Sen and our description follows the randomized divide-and-conquer strategy described in .
Efficient cache oblivious algorithms for randomized divide-and-conquer on the multicore model
Provably good multicore cache performance for divide-and-conquer algorithms.
Efficient cache oblivious algorithms for randomized divide-and-conquer on the multicore model
Our argument, which follows the “divide and conquer” strategy, is simple and purely combinatorial.
The Elliptic Law
Next, we will construct both offline and online solutions to fMCMP in a divide-and-conquer fashion.
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
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