Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of conquering. See Synonyms at victory.
  • n. Something, such as territory, acquired by conquering.
  • n. One that has been captivated or overcome: The pianist made a conquest of every audience on the tour.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Victory gained through combat; the subjugation of an enemy.
  • n. An act or instance of overcoming an obstacle.
  • n. A person with whom one has had sex.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of conquering, or acquiring by force; the act of overcoming or subduing opposition by force, whether physical or moral; subjection; subjugation; victory.
  • n. That which is conquered; possession gained by force, physical or moral.
  • n. The acquiring of property by other means than by inheritance; acquisition.
  • n. The act of gaining or regaining by successful struggle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To conquer.
  • n. The act of conquering; the act of overcoming or vanquishing opposition by force of any kind, but especially by force of arms; victory.
  • n. The act of acquiring or gaining control of by force; acquisition by military or other conflict; subjugation by any means; as, the conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great; the conquest of a nation's liberties, or of one's passions.
  • n. Specifically— The act of gaining or captivating the affections or favor of another or others.
  • n. That which is conquered; a possession gained by force, physical or moral.
  • n. In feudal law, acquest; acquisition; the acquiring of property by other means than by inheritance, or the acquisition of property by a number in community or by one for all the others.
  • n. In Scots law, heritable property acquired in any other way than by heritage, as by purchase, donation, etc.; or, with reference to a marriage contract, heritable property subsequently acquired.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. success in mastering something difficult
  • n. the act of conquering
  • n. an act of winning the love or sexual favor of someone

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *conquaesīta, feminine past participle of *conquaerere, to conquer; see conquer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French conqueste (Modern French conquête). (Wiktionary)

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  • Historic movement was for several centuries that of the nations and societies of Western Europe out into the rest of the world in "conquest" of various sorts.

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