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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Conquer  \Con"quer\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Conquered};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Conquering}.]  [OF.  conquerre  F.  conqu['e]rir,  fr  L. 
  conquirere  -quisitum,  to  seek  or  search  for  to  bring 
  together,  LL.,  to  conquer;  con-  +  quaerere  to  seek.  See 
  {Quest}.] 
  1.  To  gain  or  acquire  by  force;  to  take  possession  of  by 
  violent  means  to  gain  dominion  over  to  subdue  by 
  physical  means  to  reduce;  to  overcome  by  force  of  arms; 
  to  cause  to  yield;  to  vanquish.  ``If  thou  conquer  Rome.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  If  we  be  conquer'd,  let  men  conquer  us  --Shak. 
 
  We  conquered  France,  but  felt  our  captive's  charms. 
  --Pope. 
 
  2.  To  subdue  or  overcome  by  mental  or  moral  power;  to 
  surmount;  as  to  conquer  difficulties,  temptation,  etc 
 
  By  winning  words  to  conquer  hearts,  And  make 
  persuasion  do  the  work  of  fear.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  To  gain  or  obtain,  overcoming  obstacles  in  the  way  to 
  win;  as  to  conquer  freedom;  to  conquer  a  peace. 
 
  Syn:  To  subdue;  vanquish;  overcome;  overpower;  overthrow; 
  defeat;  rout;  discomfit;  subjugate;  reduce;  humble; 
  crush;  surmount;  subject;  master. 
 
  Usage:  {To  Conquer},  {Vanquish},  {Subdue},  {Subjugate}, 
  {Overcome}.  These  words  agree  in  the  general  idea 
  expressed  by  overcome,  --  that  of  bringing  under  one's 
  power  by  the  exertion  of  force.  Conquer  is  wider  and 
  more  general  than  vanquish,  denoting  usually  a 
  succession  of  conflicts.  Vanquish  is  more  individual, 
  and  refers  usually  to  a  single  conflict.  Thus 
  Alexander  conquered  Asia  in  a  succession  of  battles, 
  and  vanquished  Darius  in  one  decisive  engagement. 
  Subdue  implies  a  more  gradual  and  continual  pressure, 
  but  a  surer  and  more  final  subjection.  We  speak  of  a 
  nation  as  subdued  when  its  spirit  is  at  last  broken, 
  so  that  no  further  resistance  is  offered.  Subjugate  is 
  to  bring  completely  under  the  yoke  of  bondage.  The 
  ancient  Gauls  were  never  finally  subdued  by  the  Romans 
  until  they  were  completely  subjugated.  These  words 
  when  used  figuratively,  have  correspondent  meanings. 
  We  conquer  our  prejudices  or  aversions  by  a  succesion 
  of  conflicts;  but  we  sometimes  vanquish  our  reluctance 
  to  duty  by  one  decided  effort:  we  endeavor  to  subdue 
  our  evil  propensities  by  watchful  and  persevering 
  exertions.  Subjugate  is  more  commonly  taken  in  its 
  primary  meaning,  and  when  used  figuratively  has 
  generally  a  bad  sense  as  his  reason  was  completely 
  subjugated  to  the  sway  of  his  passions. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  conquering 
  adj  :  overcoming  the  opposition  [syn:  {conquering(a)}] 
  n  :  the  act  of  conquering  [syn:  {conquest},  {subjection},  {subjugation}] 




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