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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 Still, Biden's quest for his party's nomination now seems well within reach. Author: Will Weissert, Brian Slodysko, Anchorage Daily News, "With 3 more Democratic primary victories, Biden pulls further away from Sanders," 18 Mar. 2020 Still, Biden's quest for his party's nomination now seems well within reach. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Bernie Sanders’ campaign denies reports he is suspending his presidential bid," 18 Mar. 2020 The Cowboys, desperate to reach an agreement with at least one of the stars, will probably sweeten the deal that is closest to being done in the final hours in their quest to keep both off the free market. David Moore, Dallas News, "Desperate to reach deals with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, Cowboys might sweeten 11th hour offers," 16 Mar. 2020 Netanyahu has been relentless in his quest to finally beat Gantz after two inconclusive votes in less than a year. Yaacov Benmeleh,, "Malign, Then Go for the Vote: Netanyahu Reaches Out to Arabs," 16 Mar. 2020 Our hearts go out to our student-athletes and coaches who have worked tirelessly to represent Auburn with class and excellence in their quest for championships. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn postpones start of spring football practice due to coronavirus concerns," 13 Mar. 2020 In South Carolina, billionaire activist Tom Steyer spent more than $19 million on television advertising — more than all the other candidates combined — in his quest for his first top finish in four contests. Steve Peoples, Fortune, "Biden wins South Carolina, hopes for Super Tuesday momentum," 29 Feb. 2020 Francis, played skillfully by Brazilian actor Welket Bungué, soon gets sucked into a world of gangsters in his quest to gain status and make a life for himself with the means available to him. Sarah Hucal, ABC News, "Berlin Film Festival highlights dark themes on its 70th anniversary," 29 Feb. 2020 This quest might have seemed quixotic not so long ago., "a New England Council meeting," 9 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For a Boston sports fan on a budget or just questing for a glimpse of the future, venturing to Portland to catch the Maine Red Claws always is a worthwhile take., "I went up Sunday with the purpose of getting a look at," 3 Dec. 2019 Or will the screeds and screams convince Iowans, questing after the most electable pick, that Biden is the candidate the Trump team fears more than any other Democrat? Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Confounding Candidacy," 25 Jan. 2020 Despite owning 10 restaurants, having written two best-selling books, and finding even greater fame on Chef's Table, Mallmann is still questing for fresh ideas. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Learn to Cook, Tango, and Ski on Francis Mallmann's Private Argentine Island," 12 Nov. 2019 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

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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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30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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


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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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