quest

noun
\ 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

quest

verb
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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Verb

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 On Saturday, the Spartans (2-1) failed to close out Dantonio’s quest for his 110th win, which would break his tie with Duffy Daugherty for the most in school history. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Explaining how Michigan State, Mark Dantonio cracked in loss to Arizona State," 15 Sep. 2019 Price: $120 Available: Pre-order now; on sale October 2019 The new Amazon Fire TV Cube is the next step in Amazon’s quest to take over your living room. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tech From IFA 2019," 10 Sep. 2019 After dinner at the ecolodge that night—on the eve of our 6-day quest in the reserve—Lozada Toledo unrolls a homemade map. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 In Vedvik’s quest to make the team as a punter, one issue was who would hold. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings waive Kaare Vedvik, but agent says there’s chance he could return on practice squad," 31 Aug. 2019 This is a problem when trying to map out the most efficient routes through a quickly growing list of kill-and-fetch quests. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 The program has attracted an assortment of charismatic hunters whose quest to eliminate the python has inspired blogs and television shows. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Water managers seek to kill more pythons that are preying on Everglades animals," 13 Sep. 2019 But the quest to translate celebrity allure into cold, hard votes seems almost irresistible. New York Times, "What Can a Star Like Cardi B Do for a Politician Like Sanders?," 11 Sep. 2019 For the second year in a row, Serena Williams' quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title was denied in Saturday's U.S. Open final by a much younger opponent. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Bianca Andreescu defeats Serena Williams in US Open final for first major title," 8 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Merely the act of looking through a telescope is an exercise in questing. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "The Amazon Fires, From an Extraterrestrial Perspective," 6 Sep. 2019 Beginning July 5th, that quest really begins in earnest. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 10s use 17.2 runs per game to motor to District 14 Little League title," 1 July 2019 Kristin Stokes plays Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Athena and Percy’s questing partner. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ strikes out, but performances shine," 20 June 2019 Greg David identifies a potential roadblock to Amazon’s quest to build Regional Office 1 in New York: Blocking Amazon’s arrival won’t be easy. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 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, SI.com, "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

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First Known Use of quest

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for quest

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French queste, Vulgar Latin *quaesta, from Latin, feminine of quaestus, past participle of quaerere

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27 Oct 2019

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

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quest

noun
How to pronounce quest (audio)

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

quest

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quest (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + literary : to go on a journey to find something

quest

noun
\ 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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