\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are factors beyond missing documents that can trip up your quest, too. Terry Ward, CNN, 17 May 2022 His quest to remake baseball began with disappointment, a shoulder injury that ended his college pitching career and dashed any big-league dreams. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Many leaders make painful mistakes when telling their story, undermining their quest to inspire and empower. Jodie Cook, Forbes, 16 May 2022 In the spring of 1997 — a quarter-century ago — the Detroit Red Wings embarked on their quest to end a 42-year Stanley Cup drought. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2022 Jermell Charlo had to exercise incredible patience during his quest to become the first undisputed super welterweight champion. Greg Beacham, ajc, 15 May 2022 On her quest for revenge, Abby crosses paths with Hoyt Rawlins (Matt Barr), a lovable rogue in search of purpose. Joe Otterson, Variety, 12 May 2022 Steiner will begin her quest for the SEC outdoor title in the 200 when the preliminary race is held at 7:10 p.m. Thursday. Brooks Holton, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2022 His quest to collect rare rock music film footage saw his hobby turn into his lifelong profession. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The route, which includes an optional 8-mile side quest out to the picturesque Powell Point, then winds its way toward a series of high meadows before arriving at the next hut at Clayton Springs. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 At least four teachers have been turned in by students or parents for antiwar speech, in some of the starkest examples of the government’s quest to identify and punish individuals who criticize the invasion. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 Consider that quest the patrons’ version of trying to read a Masters green. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 8 Apr. 2022 Aided by Anthony Edwards’ quest to score 50, the Spurs pulled within four points with eight seconds left before falling 127-121. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2022 Edelstein has condensed the three plays into two and is focusing on the characters’ quest to achieve power at any cost, and how that single-minded purpose can lead to chaos, violence and anarchy. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 The first season focused on Daphne's (Phoebe Dynevor) quest for a husband and her steamy connection with the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 25 Mar. 2022 Gen is one of at least four teachers recently turned in by students or parents for antiwar speech, in some of the starkest examples of the government’s quest to identify and punish individuals who criticize the invasion. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2022 Like Kelly, Vande Hei underwent medical testing during his long stay to further NASA’s quest to get astronauts back to the moon and on to Mars. Marcia Dunn,, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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\ 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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