\ ˈkwest How to pronounce quest (audio) \

Definition of quest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a jury of inquest
2 : an act or instance of seeking:
b : a chivalrous enterprise in medieval romance usually involving an adventurous journey
3 obsolete : a person or group of persons who search or make inquiry


quested; questing; quests

Definition of quest (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 of a dog
a : to search a trail
b : bay
2 : to go on a quest

transitive verb

1 : to search for
2 : to ask for

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from quest


quester noun

Examples of quest in a Sentence

Noun They went on a quest for gold. The team's quest to win a championship finally came to an end. He refuses to give up his quest to discover the truth. Verb They were questing for gold. I respectfully quest your assistance in this matter.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still hanging from the ignition, keys on the ring touched once or twice, singing their acknowledgement that their cohort completed the mission for this quest. Daniel Jonce Evans, Time, "After My Wife Died I Was Consumed by Both Grief and Paperwork. We Must Work Together to Change the Medical System," 20 May 2020 Chinese semiconductor stocks have soared recently, as investors bet these companies will benefit from Beijing’s quest for high-tech self-reliance. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "High-Tech Push Boosts China’s Chipmakers," 20 May 2020 Delayed from April because of the virus, Dungeons is an action and fantasy game that has players roam through an underground space, fighting, collecting resources and taking on quests. Dina Bass,, "Microsoft’s Minecraft Gets Boost From Homebound Gamers Looking to Socialize," 19 May 2020 Something like love plays a decisive role in Simón’s quest to find David’s mother. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Unsuitable Passions of J.M. Coetzee," 18 May 2020 College sports programs’ quest to re-start on-campus activities for athletes idled by the coronavirus pandemic has to start somewhere. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "How one NCAA school is taking first step toward bringing athletes back to campus amid coronavirus pandemic," 14 May 2020 Take Titus along on Kimmy's quest to track down the Reverend's second bunker and you'll soon be presented with the option to walk to the nearest town or wait 4,000 minutes for an Uber — Titus' preferred mode of transport. Ruth Kinane,, "8 things to look out for in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt interactive special," 12 May 2020 The site offers quests to catch Siberian taimen on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, tigerfish on the Lower Zambezi in Africa or blue marlin in tropical destinations like Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Matt Wyatt,, "Website works like Airbnb for bucket-list fishing trips," 9 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As a result, questing feels less like a means to an end than an end in itself. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet," 7 May 2020 Maybe all bright young men, seriously questing, look a bit alike. Allan Gurganus, The New Yorker, "The Wish for a Good Young Country Doctor," 27 Apr. 2020 For a Boston sports fan on a budget or just questing for a glimpse of the future, venturing to Portland to catch the Maine Red Claws always is a worthwhile take., "I went up Sunday with the purpose of getting a look at," 3 Dec. 2019 Or will the screeds and screams convince Iowans, questing after the most electable pick, that Biden is the candidate the Trump team fears more than any other Democrat? Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Confounding Candidacy," 25 Jan. 2020 Despite owning 10 restaurants, having written two best-selling books, and finding even greater fame on Chef's Table, Mallmann is still questing for fresh ideas. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Learn to Cook, Tango, and Ski on Francis Mallmann's Private Argentine Island," 12 Nov. 2019 Merely the act of looking through a telescope is an exercise in questing. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "The Amazon Fires, From an Extraterrestrial Perspective," 6 Sep. 2019 Beginning July 5th, that quest really begins in earnest. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 10s use 17.2 runs per game to motor to District 14 Little League title," 1 July 2019 Kristin Stokes plays Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Athena and Percy’s questing partner. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ strikes out, but performances shine," 20 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'quest.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of quest


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for quest


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about quest

Time Traveler for quest

Time Traveler

The first known use of quest was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for quest

Last Updated

25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for quest


How to pronounce quest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal + literary
: a journey made in search of something
: a long and difficult effort to find or do something



English Language Learners Definition of quest (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + literary : to go on a journey to find something


\ ˈkwest How to pronounce quest (audio) \

Kids Definition of quest

1 : an effort to find or do something a quest for answers
2 : a usually adventurous journey made in search of something a quest for lost treasure

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on quest

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for quest

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with quest

Spanish Central: Translation of quest

Nglish: Translation of quest for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of quest for Arabic Speakers

Comments on quest

What made you want to look up quest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!