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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Other Words from quest

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

Her case has been one of the enduring mysteries of the Vatican, kept alive by the Italian media and a quest by her brother to find answers. Nicole Winfield, Anchorage Daily News, "Vatican mystery over missing girl deepens as bones are found," 13 July 2019 Her case has been one of the enduring mysteries of the Vatican, kept alive by the Italian media and a quest by her brother to find answers and closure. Fox News, "Vatican finds bones, deepening mystery in search for girl who disappeared 36 years ago," 13 July 2019 Her case has been one of the enduring mysteries of the Vatican, kept alive by the Italian media and a quest by her brother to find answers and closure. NBC News, "Vatican mystery deepens over 15-year-old girl missing since 1983; bones found," 13 July 2019 These bovines are trailblazers in the increasingly important quest to find new and better forms of sustainable urban agriculture, says Peter van Wingerden, a Dutch engineer and the founder of Beladon, the company behind the project. Braden Phillips, Smithsonian, "Will Cities of the Future Have Floating Farms?," 13 July 2019 Shark scientist Riley Elliott is on a quest to find out. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Shark Week 2019 schedule: Your guide to all 18 specials," 10 July 2019 Because of this trend, the food industry has embarked on a quest to find or develop the perfect substitute to replace sugar—with the same taste and none of the calories that lead to weight gain. Jamie Pitlick, Quartzy, "The best and worst sugar substitutes for your health," 3 July 2019 In her quest to find love, Hannah has already sent home quite a few of her suitors on The Bachelorette. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "Here's Who Is Left On Hannah's Season Of The Bachelorette," 20 June 2019 Central to Robinson’s story was not love, but the quest to recreate society for himself from the wreckage of his ship. 1843, "Love Island’s literary forebears, from Eden to The Tempest," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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quest

noun

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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