Definition of conquest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒŋkwest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːŋkwest//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the act of taking control of a country, city, etc. by force the Norman Conquest (= of England in 1066)
  2. 2[countable] an area of land taken by force the Spanish conquests in South America
  3. 3[countable] (usually humorous) a person that somebody has persuaded to love them or to have sex with them I'm just one of his many conquests. I think you’ve made a conquest.
  4. 4[uncountable] the act of gaining control over something that is difficult or dangerous the conquest of inflation
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French conquest(e), based on Latin conquirere ‘gain, win’, from con- (expressing completion) + quaerere ‘seek’.Extra examples He continued to expand his kingdom by conquest. The army made many conquests in the east. Trade rather than territorial conquest was held to be the route to progress. the English colonial conquest of the Indian subcontinent the European conquest of South America the Muslim conquest of Spain in the 8th century the Roman conquest of Britain the Spanish conquest of Mexico the desire of each tribe to show its superiority through violent conquest the rapid conquest of Madrid The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 led to changes in the system of government.
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