quest

noun
\ ˈkwest How to pronounce quest (audio) \

Essential Meaning of quest

formal + literary
1 : a journey made in search of something They went on a quest for gold.
2 : a long and difficult effort to find or do something a quest for answers The team's quest to win a championship finally came to an end. He refuses to give up his quest to discover the truth.

Full 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 Previously, cremated remains have been overlooked in the quest to understand ancient societies. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 31 July 2021 This quest is at once Central Asia’s key economic project, a bulwark of its cultural rebirth, and its move to secure self-determination in a neighborhood dominated by China, Russia and Iran. Frederick Starr And Michael Doran, WSJ, 11 July 2021 In this new documentary Chris Hemsworth embarks on a quest to understand shark behavior and how humans can coexist with this apex predator. Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2021 But on the women's side, the quest for majors has never been more competitive. Jeff Day, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Much of that research began as a quest to understand which techniques are the most effective in helping people make positive life changes. Brett Steenbarger, Forbes, 22 June 2021 This book is not just about the science, but about a deeply personal quest to understand one of the most dominant classes of species on Earth. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 May 2021 The quest for a biochemical payoff is not a foreign concept in Vigneault’s career, either. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 9 May 2021 While the quest for self-knowledge is eternal — and the wobbly reliability of narrators a recurring motif in crime fiction — for Mary this question has a particular relevance. BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trea Shropshire, Samario Rudolph and Ryan Davis played huge roles in the Blazers’ quest for a third straight division title and a second conference championship and are getting the first-team reps as practice begins. Evan Dudley, al, 3 Aug. 2021 The United States’ quest for its first Olympic baseball gold medal since the 2000 Sydney Games began Friday night with an 8-1 win over Israel at Yokohama Stadium. Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2021 And the Americans’ quest for a fourth consecutive gold medal is already in serious trouble. BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2021 Either way, that quest for connection can pose some interesting design challenges. Cristina Spanó, House Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2021 In the Chicago Bears’ quest to persuade their fans to have patience with Justin Fields’ development path, the rookie quarterback made a convincing argument Monday at Halas Hall. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 3 Aug. 2021 The downside is that one crucial element that makes any MMO fun — being able to quest with friends — is made very difficult from the get-go. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 And the Americans’ quest for a fourth consecutive gold medal is already in serious trouble. BostonGlobe.com, 26 July 2021 And the Americans’ quest for a fourth consecutive gold medal is already in serious trouble. The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 July 2021

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

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5 Sep 2021

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“Quest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quest. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for quest

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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