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Definition of "vanquish" []

  • To defeat or conquer in battle; subjugate. (verb-transitive)
  • To defeat in a contest, conflict, or competition. (verb-transitive)
  • 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. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vanquish" in a sentence
  • "There's just too many references – like Tessa says, we're asking an audience in Los Angeles to know what "vanquish" and "lactating" mean, not to mention the Battle of Orleans, Joan of Arc, and the French."
  • "There is no way to "vanquish" them except by means of temporary abatement."
  • "If they do not vanquish food, food will vanquish them."