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Definition of conquer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they conquer
    he / she / it conquers
    past simple conquered
    -ing form conquering
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  1. 1conquer somebody/something to take control of a country or city and its people by force Cortés conquered Mexico in 1521. In 330 B.C. Persia was conquered by Alexander the Great. conquered peoples/races/territories
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] conquer somebody to defeat someone, especially in a competition, race, etc. The world champion conquered yet another challenger last night. The team members were greeted like conquering heroes.
  3. 3conquer something to succeed in dealing with or controlling something The only way to conquer a fear is to face it. Mount Everest was conquered (= successfully climbed) in 1953.
  4. 4conquer something to become very popular or successful in a place The band is now setting out to conquer the world.
  5. Idioms
    divide and conquer/rule
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    to gain or keep control over people by making them disagree with and fight each other, therefore not giving them the chance to unite and oppose you together a policy of divide and rule
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