American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To defeat or conquer in battle; subjugate.
- v. To defeat in a contest, conflict, or competition.
- v. To overcome or subdue (an emotion, for example); suppress: "She had had to wrench herself forcibly away from Katharine, and every step vanquished her desire” ( Virginia Woolf). See Synonyms at defeat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To conquer; overcome; especially, to subdue in battle, as an enemy.
- To defeat in any contest, as in argument; get the better of.
- To confute; show to be erroneous or unfounded; overturn.
- To overpower; prostrate; be too much for.
- To overpower the peculiar virtue or properties of; destroy or render inert; neutralize.
- = Syn. 1. Overcome, Subdue, etc. (see conquer), surmount, overthrow; rout, crush.
- n. A disease of sheep in which they pine away. Also vinquish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To conquer, overcome, or subdue in battle, as an enemy.
- v. Hence, to defeat in any contest; to get the better of; to put down; to refute.
- n. (Far.) A disease in sheep, in which they pine away.
- v. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
- From Middle English vaynquisshen, from Old French vanquir, from Latin vincere. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English vaynquisshen, from Old French vainquir, vainquiss-, from Latin vincere; see weik-3 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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