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CONQUER, verb transitive

1. To subdue; to reduce, by physical force, till resistance is no longer made; to overcome; to vanquish. Alexander conquered Asia. The Romans conquered Carthage.

2. To gain by force; to win; to take possession by violent means; to gain dominion or sovereignty over, as the subduing of the power of an enemy generally implies possession of the person or thing subdued by the conqueror. Thus, a king or an army conquers a country, or a city, which is afterward restored.

3. To subdue opposition or resistance of the will by moral force; to overcome by argument, persuasion or other influence.

Anna conquers but to save, and governs but to bless.

He went forth conquering, and to conquer Revelations. 6.

4. To overcome, as difficulties; to surmount, as obstacles; to subdue whatever opposes; as, to conquer the passions; to conquer reluctance.

5. To gain or obtain by effort; as, to conquer freedom; to conquer peace; a French application of the word.

CONQUER, verb intransitive To overcome; to gain the victory.

The champions resolved to conquer or to die.