- William the. See
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to take or acquire by force of arms;
win in war: [~ + object]to conquer a foreign land.[no object]Caesar wrote, "I came, I saw, I conquered.''
- to overcome by force; defeat[~ + object]to conquer an enemy.
- [~ + object] to win by effort, personal appeal, etc.: She conquered the hearts of the audience.
- [~ + object] to gain control over (fear, a bad habit, etc.);
con•quer•or,n. [countable]See -quer-.
- to acquire by force of arms;
win in war:to conquer a foreign land.
- to overcome by force; subdue:to conquer an enemy.
- to gain, win, or obtain by effort, personal appeal, etc.:conquer the hearts of his audience.
- to gain a victory over; surmount;
overcome:to conquer disease and poverty;
to conquer one's fear.
- to be victorious;
gain the victory:Despite their differences, their love will conquer.
- Vulgar Latin *conquērere to acquire (for Latin conquīrere to seek out). See con-, query
- Anglo-French conquerir, Old French conquerre
- Middle English conqueren 1200–50
2 . vanquish, overpower, overthrow, subjugate. See defeat.
- to overcome (an enemy, army, etc); defeat
- to overcome (an obstacle, feeling, desire, etc); surmount
- (transitive) to gain possession or control of by or as if by force or war; win
ˈconquerable adj ˈconquering adj ˈconqueror n