quest

noun
\ 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

quest

verb
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

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Other Words from quest

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ‘‘Salute to America’’ marks the culmination of Trump’s two-year quest to mount a military-style extravaganza inspired by his visit to a Bastille Day celebration in Paris in 2017. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "National Park Service diverting $2.5 million to pay for Trump’s July Fourth event," 3 July 2019 Coding Club: Game Design Workshop: Use Scratch to build racing games, platform jumping games, quest games, and everything in between. chicagotribune.com, "Calendar: 3-D fireworks painting Monday in Lake Forest," 30 June 2019 When the series first appeared in the summer of 2016, with almost no advance buzz or promotion, the TV industry’s quest for remakes and sequels was just cranking up. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How ‘Stranger Things’ Whipped Up ’80s Fever," 30 June 2019 Darby had attempted to confront Dillard, 32, about accusations Dillard had been making about Darby’s quest to get pregnant. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Candiace Dillard Swings Knife at Ashley Darby During Heated Real Housewives of Potomac Battle," 30 June 2019 But Finding Dory diminishes Nemo’s philosophy of perseverance and communal kindness a bit, drowned out by a plot whose daring rescues frequently verge into the extravagant and often undermine the urgency of Dory’s quest to find her parents. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 One question unlikely to be answered anytime soon: Whether the next phase of MCU titles will build an epic overarching storyline, à la the formation of the Avengers and super-villain Thanos’ quest for the Infinity stones. Sonaiya Kelley, latimes.com, "'Spider-Man: Far From Home' lays the groundwork for the future of Marvel and Tom Holland," 27 June 2019 But the company hit another hurdle in its Celgene acquisition quest that sent Bristol Myers stock tumbling nearly 7.5%, a $6 billion erasure in market value. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Bristol-Myers Squibb Loses $6 Billion in Value on Celgene Deal Setback: Brainstorm Health," 24 June 2019 The report then goes on to discuss the role of Griezmann, who is said to be fuming at the prospect of being 'used as a pawn' in Barça's quest to strike a deal for Neymar. SI.com, "Antoine Griezmann 'Fuming' After Ludicrous Reports Suggest Barcelona Could Swap Him for Neymar," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Greg David identifies a potential roadblock to Amazon’s quest to build Regional Office 1 in New York: Blocking Amazon’s arrival won’t be easy. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 The Butterfly Effect Hosted by journalist Jon Ronson, The Butterfly Effect is a podcast miniseries about pornography, specifically the unexpected consequences of one European teens quest to stream it online for free. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "10 Podcasts You Should Actually Be Listening To," 29 May 2018 Much was made of the Lakers quest to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the Spurs or sign Paul George from the Thunder as a precursor to landing James. Lee Jenkins, SI.com, "Inside Decision 3.0: LeBron James Follows in the Footsteps of Legends," 1 July 2018 Such music’s questing, messy, unpredictable style hitches form and content in exactly the way that West always tries to do. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Lives in Kanye West’s ‘Ghost Town’," 14 June 2018 It won’t be made into a conventionally humane domestic novel about a frustrated single mother and a brilliant, questing son. James Wood, The New Yorker, "Helen DeWitt Has Your Number," 27 Oct. 2017 Dyer seems always to be questing to comprehend somebody else’s quest. Joan Frank, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Feel Free: Essays,’ by Zadie Smith," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of quest

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for quest

Noun

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

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quest

noun

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

quest

verb

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

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

quest

noun
\ 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

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