v. con·quered, con·quer·ing, con·quers
a. To gain control of or subdue by military force: conquered the neighboring lands.
b. To defeat in war: The Greeks conquered the Persians. See Synonyms at defeat.
a. To eliminate or minimize (a difficulty, for example): vaccines that conquered smallpox; programs to conquer poverty.
b. To overcome or surmount mentally or emotionally: You must conquer your fear of heights.
3. To reach the summit of (a mountain) by climbing.
a. To gain the affection or admiration of: back when jazz conquered Paris.
b. To seduce.
To be victorious; win.
[Middle English conqueren, from Old French conquerre, from Vulgar Latin *conquaerere, from Latin conquīrere, to procure : com-, intensive pref.; see COM- + quaerere, to seek.]
conquer·or, conquer·er n.
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