Definition of “conquer” - English Dictionary

“conquer” in British English

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conquerverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkɒŋ.kər/ us /ˈkɑːŋ.kɚ/

C1 to take control or possession of foreign land, or a group of people, by force:

The Spanish conquered the New World in the 16th century.
The English were conquered by the Normans in 1066.

to deal with or successfully fight against a problem or an unreasonable fear:

He has finally conquered his fear of spiders.
It may be many years before this dreadful disease is conquered.

(Definition of “conquer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“conquer” in American English

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conquerverb [ T ]

us /ˈkɑŋ·kər/

to defeat an enemy, or to take control or possession of a foreign land:

I felt like I had conquered the world.

If you conquer a disease or condition, you succeed in dealing with or fighting against it:

Students have to conquer their initial shyness.
noun [ C ] us /ˈkɑŋ·kər·ər/

the conqueror Genghis Khan
noun [ C/U ] us /ˈkɑn·kwest, ˈkɑŋ-/

[ C ] Several generations turned their attention towards the conquest of the Mediterranean region.

(Definition of “conquer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)