\ 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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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 More importantly, in the quest to extend their schedule beyond the May 16 regular-season finale, the Spurs were three games ahead of 11th-place New Orleans in the loss column. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "For Spurs, simply making NBA play-in tournament not enough," 5 May 2021 The emerging number of Gen Zers, the quest for rewards, and the launch of new credit building cards will combine to not just keep credit cards afloat, but drive them past debit cards throughout this decade. Ron Shevlin, Forbes, "Apple Card Grows To 6.4 Million Cardholders Thanks To Women," 4 May 2021 Since then, Calment has become something of an emblem of the ongoing quest to answer one of history’s most controversial questions: What exactly is the limit on the human life span? New York Times, "How Long Can We Live?," 28 Apr. 2021 The quest for moral accountability finds its greatest successes – and surprises – when rebuke and counterrebuke give way to authentic listening. Christopher Schelin, The Conversation, "Cancel culture looks a lot like old-fashioned church discipline," 28 Apr. 2021 At Akamai Technologies, the quest to improve diversity goes all the way up to the board of directors., "Top Places to Work: Diversity edition," 26 Apr. 2021 The quest begins Saturday against Southern Illinois at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, where the past two Wildcats teams have combined to produce another novelty: a record 11-straight home wins. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Weber State football has experienced many firsts this season. Will reaching the FCS championship game be another one?," 23 Apr. 2021 Michael Schneider, founder of the L.A. political action committee Streets for All, talked about bike safety and L.A.'s most recent failures in the quest to add bike lanes. Los Angeles Times, "What to do on Earth Day? Visit a nature preserve, stream a teen film fest," 22 Apr. 2021 The company’s name is an allusion to that search, which many have compared to the quest for the Holy Grail. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Next chapter of FTC’s battle with Illumina to play out in San Diego," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But will her quest for justice and revenge cloud her judgment, and put others at risk? Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Wednesday: Tiffany Haddish comes on down to The Price Is Right at Night," 28 Apr. 2021 Director Emerald Fennell's powerful revenge drama about a woman's (Carey Mulligan) quest to torture toxic men mostly features white women both onscreen and off. USA Today, "Report card: Would this year’s Oscar best picture nominees meet 2024 inclusion standards?," 19 Apr. 2021 The show has also been trying to get the rights to a Taylor Swift song (music executive Scooter Braun's headline-making purchase of her masters has made that quest more difficult). Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Hello, Dolly!': Zoey is back where she belongs in exclusive Season 2 clip from 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist'," 24 Dec. 2020 Her shooting ability is essential in the Wildcats’ quest to win the NSC. Bob Narang,, "Morgan Spaulding and Marianna Morrissey each make two free throws in the final 18 seconds as Libertyville gets past Carmel," 19 Feb. 2021 This year’s season of The Bachelorette moved to the fall, The Bachelor finished filming months ago, and Matt James’ quest to find love will start just weeks after Tayshia’s ends. Lydia Wang,, "Tayshia’s Guys Could Still Be The Bachelor — Here’s How," 22 Dec. 2020 Still, the developers’ quest to fill the space has not always been smooth. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Owners of Western Reserve Building in Warehouse District want Cleveland tax incentives for renovations," 23 Nov. 2020 France almost ended Michael Phelps’ quest for a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics as it was getting started. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Stop the count! 10 times sports history would have changed by calling game early," 6 Nov. 2020 Superbloom emerged from the ashes of her own frustrating experiences with chronic illness and quest for better health. Je Banach, Vogue, "Superbloom Is a New Online Community for Women With Chronic Illness," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of quest was in the 14th century

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8 May 2021

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“Quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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