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quest

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noun \ˈkwest\

Simple Definition of quest

  • : a journey made in search of something

  • : a long and difficult effort to find or do something

Full Definition of quest

  1. 1 a :  a jury of inquest b :  investigation

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of seeking: a :  pursuit, search b :  a chivalrous enterprise in medieval romance usually involving an adventurous journey

  3. 3 obsolete :  a person or group of persons who search or make inquiry

Examples of quest

  1. They went on a quest for gold.

  2. The team's quest to win a championship finally came to an end.

  3. He refuses to give up his quest to discover the truth.



Origin of quest

Middle English, from Anglo-French queste, Vulgar Latin *quaesta, from Latin, feminine of quaestus, past participle of quaerere


First Known Use: 14th century


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quest

verb

Simple Definition of quest

  • : to go on a journey to find something

Full Definition of quest

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 of a dog a :  to search a trail b :  bay

  3. 2 :  to go on a quest

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to search for

  6. 2 :  to ask for

quest·er noun

Examples of quest

  1. They were questing for gold.

  2. <I respectfully quest your assistance in this matter.>



14th Century

First Known Use of quest

14th century




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