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Invading and taking control by force - thesaurus

Synonyms

invade

verb

to take or send an army into another country in order to get control of it

occupy

verb

to be in control of a place that you have entered in a group using military force

suppress

verb

to stop opposition or protest using military force or strict laws

seize

verb

to take control of a place or situation using military force

conquer

verb

to take control of land or people using soldiers

storm

verb

to use force to enter a place and take control of it

annex

verb

to take control of a country or region by force

subjugate

verb

to defeat a place or a group of people and force them to obey you

subdue

verb

formal to defeat a place or a group of people, and to take control of them

besiege

verb

to surround a place with an army and prevent the people there from getting food and supplies, as a way of getting control of it

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annexe

a British spelling of annex

capture

verb

to get equipment or control of a place from your enemy during a war

capture

noun

the act of getting control of something from your enemy during a war

colonial

adjective

relating to a system or period in which one country rules another

colonize

verb

to take control of another country by going to live there or by sending people to live there

conqueror

noun

someone who has taken control of land or people by force

conquest

noun

the process of taking control of land or people during a war

conquest

noun

the land or people that a more powerful army or government has taken control of during a war

dictatorial

adjective

used about someone who takes and keeps power in a country by force

ethnic cleansing

noun

the use of violence to force people from a particular ethnic group to leave an area

fall

verb

if a place falls in a war, a different army takes control of it

gain ground

to get control of more of an area in a war

hold

verb

if an army holds an area, it has control of it and stops the enemy from getting control of it

invader

noun

a country, army, etc. that uses force to enter another country

invasion

noun

an occasion when one country’s army goes into another country to take control of it by force

liberate

verb

to make a place or the people in it free from soldiers who have been controlling it

occupation

noun

the action of going into a place and taking control away from the people or government there

occupier

noun

a member of a group that is in control of a place that they have entered using military force

overrun

verb

to defeat an enemy in war and take the land that they control

partisan

noun

a member of a group that continues to fight secretly against an enemy who has taken control of its country

possession

noun

a country’s possessions are other countries that it governs

recapture

verb

to use force to take control of an area again

repression

noun

the use of force or violence to control people

resistance

noun

a secret organization that fights against the group that controls their country

retake

verb

to take control of a place again using military force

seizure

noun

the action of taking something or taking control of something, especially using power or force

siege

noun

an attack in which an army surrounds a castle or city in order to prevent the people inside from receiving food and water

swallow up

to take control of a smaller company or country

takeover

noun

an act of taking control of a country or organization by an army, group etc., especially by force

take something by storm

to take control of a place using force and violence

tie down

to force a group of soldiers to stay in one place

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