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 In response, the quest for more ethical ways to incorporate vegan foods in our diet is heating up, particularly in Silicon Valley. Brian Kateman, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The quest for proper brewing space drove the Robaynas to pounce on the 4,000-square-foot complex. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 2 June 2021 Wednesday provided a fresh example of how the quest for bipartisanship can slow things down. New York Times, 26 May 2021 Florida's quest to advance in the playoffs for the first time in 25 years could not have started worse against the defending Stanley Cup champions and their intrastate rival in the makeshift Central Division. Dave Campbell, ajc, 19 May 2021 Janice Lord’s quest for spiritual discernment started on a Greyhound bus in the summer of 1961. Rifat Malik, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2021 That’s not a word anyone who knows of Cupolo’s quest for a plot would use. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021 Such a quest for Republican support has time and again proven a false chase in recent years, especially on legacy-making projects like Biden’s first COVID-19 relief package or Barack Obama’s stimulus and health care laws. Philip Elliott, Time, 8 Apr. 2021 The quest for a healthy-looking smile begins and ends with taking care of your teeth. Sophie Wirt, Allure, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The efforts are also part of Mr. Xi’s quest to rein in the increasingly powerful tech sector, which has pushed back on some of Beijing’s previous data-sharing efforts. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 12 June 2021 The campaign has become a stark illustration of crime organizations’ quest to expand their control of Mexico’s territory, a rising threat to this young democracy. Author: Mary Beth Sheridan, Anchorage Daily News, 3 June 2021 The campaign has become a stark illustration of crime organizations’ quest to expand their control of Mexico’s territory, a rising threat to this young democracy. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 But will her quest for justice and revenge cloud her judgment, and put others at risk? Ew Staff, EW.com, 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, 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, 24 Dec. 2020 Her shooting ability is essential in the Wildcats’ quest to win the NSC. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, 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, refinery29.com, 22 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for quest

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

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Last Updated

13 Jun 2021

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“Quest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quest. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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