Alexander the Great's famous conquest of the Persian Empire was an act of conquering. For Casanova, on the other hand, a conquest was an act of seduction.

Conquest derives from the Vulgar Latin word conquaerere, meaning "to search for, procure by effort, or win." In addition to its most commonly used meanings — conquering and seduction — conquest has a third, less well-known meaning: a success in mastering something difficult, like the violin, for instance, or flying an airplane.

Definitions of conquest
  1. noun
    the act of conquering
    synonyms: conquering, subjection, subjugation
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    Norman Conquest
    the invasion and settlement of England by the Normans following the battle of Hastings (1066)
    type of:
    capture, gaining control, seizure
    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
  2. noun
    success in mastering something difficult
    “the conquest of space”
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    type of:
    an attainment that is successful
  3. noun
    an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone
    synonyms: seduction
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    the practice of making cuckolds; sexual conquests of married women
    type of:
    an attainment that is successful
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