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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

But nothing in the 4½-year quest to return the MLS to South Florida has found a path without resistance. Craig Davis,, "David Beckham, Jorge Mas encounter opposition in latest bid for Miami MLS stadium," 13 July 2018 This quest for ooey-gooey perfection was triggered by a fierce debate in the newsroom: what is the ideal s’more technique? Evelyn Lamb, Smithsonian, "The Scientific Quest For the Perfect S’more," 13 July 2018 The idea in writing about a peach quest was to get my mind off politics. John Kass,, "Who knew peaches could be so political?," 12 July 2018 Sacred Games is a sophisticated move in Netflix’s quest to net every eyeball on earth. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 Megan Amram's quest for that sweet Emmy gold took a major step toward completion today. Pete Keeley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Megan Amram Lands 2 Emmy Noms for Series in Which She Campaigns for an Emmy," 12 July 2018 You venture from one town to the next, completing quests on a set path to saving the world. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 Medical innovation and strategic investment The quest to provide these societal necessities lies at the heart of Haifa's efforts to modernize, and is prompting the university to take a leading role facilitating change. Jeffrey Barken, Jewish Journal, "Haifa's on the rise with university leading the way," 11 July 2018 That will not have much of an effect on Sporting Kansas City’s quest for the position in the overseas market. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "As transfer window opens, Sporting KC sets sights on striker," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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)

: 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


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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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