\ 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

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Other Words from quest


quester noun

Examples of quest in a Sentence


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.


They were questing for gold. I respectfully quest your assistance in this matter.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Since taking the helm of Judith Leiber in 2017, Dee Hilfiger has been on a quest to breathe new life into a brand known for the glittering minaudières so often spotted on the museum-luncheon circuit. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "You Can Now Order Crystal French-Fry Clutches and Jewelry From Judith Leiber," 26 Apr. 2019 The title character, played by Isabela Moner, is being sent away from her jungle home to a real jungle: high school, while her explorer parents go off on a quest to find a lost city of gold. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for "Dora and the Lost City of Gold"," 24 Mar. 2019 Set to launch in the first half of 2019, the service will compete with Netflix, Hulu, and the like, and Apple has been on a quest to create and find content that will make the service competitive while also fitting into Apple's company vision. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple to bring Charlie Brown and the Peanuts to its streaming service," 17 Dec. 2018 Finally, writer Adam Hadhazy takes on the quest for a paradoxical object: A magnet with only one pole. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents Dec 2018," 24 Nov. 2018 But a four-hour, 41-minute weather delay pushed the start time until 5:45 p.m. The elimination game did not begin until 9:45 p.m., but ultimately was worth the wait for the Gators, who continue their quest to repeat as national champions. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators slip by FAU 5-2, advance to NCAA Super Regional," 5 June 2018 Gimpel, 25, who turned pro in 2014 after graduating from the University of Maryland, will continue her quest this week at the Valley Forge Invitational, a first-year Symetra Tour event to be played at Raven’s Claw Golf Club in Limerick Township. Joe Juliano,, "For Lafayette Hill's Emily Gimpel, finding success in pro golf is challenging," 22 May 2018 On Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, every eye will focus on Kentucky Derby champion Justify, who arrives in town Wednesday ahead of the post draw to continue his quest to seize the second leg of the Triple Crown. Childs Walker,, "Partnership behind Preakness favorite Justify reveals state of racing in 2018," 16 May 2018 Hallandale continued its quest for a girls state title in the 4x800 relay by winning the regional qualifier at the Region 4-2A meet at Calvary Christian on Wednesday with a time of 9:21.85. Dave Brousseau, miamiherald, "Despite throwing a state best in shot put and discus, this senior is aiming higher | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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,, "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 The fish toss could be called the official launch of the No. 1-seeded Predators quest to win the first Stanley Cup in the franchise’s 20-year history. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Catfish fly again as Nashville Predators begin playoffs," 12 Apr. 2018 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


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

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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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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