To conquer is to defeat someone or something, usually with force, like army troops that conquer enemy territory, or your lunchtime hunger which you conquer with a sandwich and cup of soup.

To correctly pronounce conquer, accent the first syllable: "CON-kur." It comes from the Old French word conquerre, meaning "defeat, vanquish." Use conquer to show you've gained control over something, like doing breathing exercises as the airplane takes off to help you conquer your fear of flying. You'll hear people say they've conquered Mount McKinley, or the Appalachian Trail. It means they've hiked and climbed the whole route, not declared the place theirs alone.

Definitions of conquer

v take possession of by force, as after an invasion

appropriate, capture, seize
capture after a fight
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arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession

v overcome by conquest

conquer your fears”
conquer a country”
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defeat, get the better of, overcome
win a victory over

v to put down by force or authority

conquer one's desires”
curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
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blink, blink away, wink
force to go away by blinking
dampen, stifle
smother or suppress
choke back, choke down, choke off
hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
cause to be quiet or not talk
get rid of, silence, or suppress
keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
quell, quench, squelch
suppress or crush completely
muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
conceal or hide
silence (someone) by uttering `shush!'
choke, suffocate
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
calm down, lull
become quiet or less intensive
shout down
silence or overwhelm by shouting
gag, muzzle
prevent from speaking out
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check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

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