\ˈkwest \

Definition of quest 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a jury of inquest

b : investigation

2 : an act or instance of seeking:

a : pursuit, search

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

Few other MMOs dare to be so creative in their game design, and that’s a legacy that goes all the way back to 2012 when ArenaNet entranced us with dynamic events that broke free of EverQuest-style quest design. Leif Johnson, PCWorld, "Check out this exclusive look at Guild Wars 2's jaw-dropping Infernal Leap roller beetle track," 26 Nov. 2018 After examining 31 years of narcissism research that included 470,846 participants, the study authors concluded that, on average, men were more likely to exhibit narcissistic traits such as entitlement and a quest for power. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Narcissistic Personality Disorder Before Calling Someone a Narcissist," 8 Nov. 2018 Trudi Lee-Clark’s quest bears a tragic similarity to other family and friends of Native girls and women who have gone missing on the 1.3-million-acre Yakama reservation. Tammy Ayer, The Seattle Times, "47 years, zero answers: 16-year-old Toppenish girl disappeared after Christmas Eve 1971. Her sister refuses to give up the search.," 4 Nov. 2018 In times where algorithms make most of our decisions for us, one individual will entirely give up their free will for a day, to be guided by a large crowd of users through an epic quest to defeat an evil AI. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "For Halloween This Year, MIT Is Letting the Internet Control a Person," 29 Oct. 2018 Mei ZhangWildChinaShe’s a Chinese-food expert, plotting quests for prosciutto-like ham in Yunnan and fiery mapo tofu in Chengdu. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 For generations, architects like Michelle Kaufmann have embarked on quests to perfect these building systems. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 The plea deal ended an 18-year quest by federal prosecutors to have Fell executed. Lisa Rathke, Fox News, "Man pleads guilty in killing, will avoid death penalty," 28 Sep. 2018 Three papers released today (two in Science and one on the preprint server arXiv) announce the culmination of this 60-year quest. Mark Bowen, Scientific American, "Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers' Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Still questing for the mythical Harry Potter first editions. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance," 31 Mar. 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)

: 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)

: to go on a journey to find something


\ˈkwest \

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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