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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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Peréa’s quest for answers, unfolding against the backdrop of a national reckoning over racial injustice, has taken her on an unexpected odyssey into a disturbing world familiar to many older children. James Vaznis,, "A Somerville mother is stunned: How can school officials accuse her 6-year-old son of sexual misconduct and report him to the police? Charges of racism ensue.," 20 Feb. 2021 But all the individual pathologies fueling support for Trump have also coalesced around a broader quest for emotional catharsis in politics, a kind of mass therapy-by-confrontation with the specter of illegitimate cultural power. Chris Lehmann, The New Republic, "Feeling Trump’s Pain," 11 Jan. 2021 His quest to win an 18th Grand Slam title ended when he was disqualified from the U.S. Open for angrily slamming a ball that struck a linesperson in the throat. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "20 for 2020: Sports figures who defined courageous and kind, selfish and stubborn," 28 Dec. 2020 The quest for some return — any return — has pushed up the prices of those assets that offer the possibility of more than a few basis points in the till. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of December 7," 12 Dec. 2020 But the quest for perfection — and history — has not been a topic of discussion heading into the noon state final at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Lovejoy volleyball is one win from a historic record — and the greatest season ever for a Dallas-area team," 10 Dec. 2020 His dangerous quest, assisted by family members and a high-level French police official, uncovers corporate coverups and a global conspiracy—as well as highly personal questions of loyalty and courage. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "The Best Books of 2020: Mysteries," 10 Dec. 2020 While journalists worked to fact-check Giuliani’s latest round of baseless claims in service of Trump’s quest to overturn the election, many others, like Noah, became obsessed with the more pressing question: What was going on with Giuliani’s face? Andrea Salcedo, Washington Post, "‘Our voting system is fine. It’s Rudy that’s broken’: Late-night hosts mock Giuliani’s ‘insane’ news conference," 20 Nov. 2020 About Hoban: The Knights' quest for a fifth straight state championship ended last year in the Region 5 final against the Tigers. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Hoban-Massillon Part III is ‘gonna be fun:’ OHSAA Division II football state championship preview," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The two seniors have become key runners in the Wildcats’ quest to win a North Suburban Conference title. Bob Narang,, "Libertyville senior leaders Liam Tucker and Andrew Clark look to lower times for conference meet and IHSA’s expanded postseason," 24 Sep. 2020 The Rockies’ quest for a perfect 162-0 season has come to an end. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "David Price, Dodgers snap Rockies’ four-game winning streak in MLB The Show 20 simulation," 30 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, Katherine Dunn delves into British cinema operators’ quest to reopen their doors and finds some theater owners are worried about a shortage of quality new films to bring in customers next month. David Meyer, Fortune, "The big question now is how to reopen," 25 June 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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Time Traveler for quest Time Traveler

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

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25 Feb 2021

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“Quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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