conquer

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
  1. verb
    take possession of by force, as after an invasion
    synonyms: appropriate, capture, seize
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    types:
    carry
    capture after a fight
    type of:
    arrogate, assume, seize, take over, usurp
    seize and take control without authority and possibly with force; take as one's right or possession
  2. verb
    overcome by conquest
    conquer your fears”
    conquer a country”
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    defeat, get the better of, overcome
    win a victory over
  3. verb
    to put down by force or authority
    conquer one's desires”
    synonyms: 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
    suppress
    hush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    cause to be quiet or not talk
    burke
    get rid of, silence, or suppress
    silence
    keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure
    quell, quench, squelch
    suppress or crush completely
    muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangle
    conceal or hide
    shush
    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
  4. verb
    get on top of; deal with successfully
    synonyms: get over, master, overcome, subdue, surmount
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    bulldog
    throw a steer by seizing the horns and twisting the neck, as in a rodeo
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    beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
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