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 Join me in my quest on Twitter at @chelseylew and @TravelMJS and Facebook at Journal Sentinel Travel. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin continues to have better taste in Halloween candy than Michigan," 25 Sep. 2020 About 60 miles northwest of Chenik, a Canadian mining company is getting closer to reaching its 20-year quest to mine a copper and gold deposit on the north of the Alaska Peninsula, below a stretch of rolling tundra dotted with lakes and wetlands. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "For this family, keeping Alaska wild and pristine is a decades-long mission," 25 Sep. 2020 By the time Ellingson launched his quest for data, Iowa officials had already received warnings about Agri Star. Anchorage Daily News, "The code: How genetic science helped expose a secret coronavirus outbreak," 24 Sep. 2020 By the time Ellingson launched his quest for data, Iowa officials had already received warnings about Agri Star. Washington Post, "The outbreak," 24 Sep. 2020 Her Jewish funeral and Arlington National Cemetery burial speak to her quest to balance these two identities. Jonathan D. Sarna, The Conversation, "In death, as in life, Ruth Bader Ginsburg balanced being American and Jewish," 24 Sep. 2020 Juventus began its quest for a 10th straight Serie A title with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Sampdoria in Andrea Pirlo's first game as a manager. Matias Grez, CNN, "Liverpool continues defense of Premier League title with perfect start; Cristiano Ronaldo helps Andrea Pirlo to first win," 21 Sep. 2020 There’s something almost stoic about Touitou, and by extension, A.P.C.’s philosophy, with its quiet quest for perfection and timelessness. Lisa Wood Shapiro, refinery29.com, "I Can’t Quit You: An Ode To The Dress That Taught Me How To Dress," 14 Sep. 2020 Serena Williams will not be in the women's final of the 2020 U.S. Open, her three-year quest for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam win once again derailed by a disappointing loss. Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "In a Year Like No Other, Osaka and Azarenka Will Meet in a Compelling U.S. Open Final," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The two seniors have become key runners in the Wildcats’ quest to win a North Suburban Conference title. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Libertyville senior leaders Liam Tucker and Andrew Clark look to lower times for conference meet and IHSA’s expanded postseason," 24 Sep. 2020 The Rockies’ quest for a perfect 162-0 season has come to an end. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "David Price, Dodgers snap Rockies’ four-game winning streak in MLB The Show 20 simulation," 30 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, Katherine Dunn delves into British cinema operators’ quest to reopen their doors and finds some theater owners are worried about a shortage of quality new films to bring in customers next month. David Meyer, Fortune, "The big question now is how to reopen," 25 June 2020 SEOUL - Decades after she was sent for adoption in the United States, Kara Bos’ quest to find her birth parents in South Korea moved a step closer on Friday when a Seoul court ruled that a South Korean man was her biological father. NBC News, "Woman's search for birth parents leads to landmark South Korea adoption ruling," 12 June 2020 As a result, questing feels less like a means to an end than an end in itself. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How World of Warcraft Has Evolved With the Internet," 7 May 2020 Maybe all bright young men, seriously questing, look a bit alike. Allan Gurganus, The New Yorker, "The Wish for a Good Young Country Doctor," 27 Apr. 2020 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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

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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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

28 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quest. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for quest

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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