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

How to get the best price for an airline ticket remains a confounding quest, and often a losing battle. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "Before You Buy Plane Tickets, Remember These Four Things," 6 Mar. 2019 The time squeeze didn't hamper their quest in the end, and The New York Times hailed their accomplishments in a report that featured quotes from a few Navy officials denying the mission's true intent. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "The Hunt for the Titanic Was Actually a Hunt for Lost U.S. Nuclear Submarines," 17 Dec. 2018 The quest for good lighting, extra backdrops, luxe props, and a picture-perfect setting are all parts of the struggle also known as doing it for the ‘gram. Katelyn Chef, Teen Vogue, "This Penthouse Apartment Was Designed for Influencer Photoshoots," 1 Oct. 2018 Since embarking on my dairy-free quest, my skin has managed to stay relatively calm. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "I Gave Up Dairy—And My Adult Acne Vanished in Under a Month," 28 July 2018 The spy agency has invested huge sums and resources in the larger quest, including endangering life and paying bribes to agents and crooks, Israeli intelligence officials said. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, "Israel’s Secret Operation to Recover the Watch of a Legendary Spy," 5 July 2018 Their quest for black dignity, citizenship and humanity, King argued, transcended quaint notions of civility. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 Now, the Stanford neuroscientist is embarking on a different kind of daring quest, testing an intriguing but unproven hypothesis: that virtual reality could be used to preserve or even restore vision for patients with glaucoma. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A daredevil researcher’s latest quest: to restore sight lost to glaucoma using virtual reality," 2 July 2018 In service of his fascinating quest, Twitty has become a full-time explorer. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: The Hidden Racism in Industrial Kitchens," 19 June 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, 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 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

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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