quest

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

quested; questing; quests

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
quester noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
As leaders from around the world convened in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to discuss climate change and its effects on the environment, economy, and global populations, a Phoenix councilwoman was there representing Arizona’s quest for climate resiliency. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 23 Nov. 2022 The director did not need to embark on some Gone with the Wind-style casting quest to find the film's two lead actors. Clark Collis, EW.com, 23 Nov. 2022 Messi’s quest to win the one major title to elude him got off to a shocking start and brought back memories of Cameroon’s 1-0 win over an Argentina team led by Diego Maradona in the opening game of the 1990 World Cup. Steve Douglas, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2022 Nineties teen stars Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Jessica Biel star in this 1998 holiday rom-com centered on college student Jake's quest to get home for the holidays. Sydni Ellis, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 The South American champion and one of the tournament favorites slumped to a 2-1 loss against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, in a deflating start to Messi’s quest to win the one major title that has eluded him. Steve Douglas, Chicago Tribune, 22 Nov. 2022 The South American champion and one of the tournament favorites slumped to a 2-1 loss against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, in a deflating start to Mr. Messi’s quest to win the one major title that has eluded him. Steve Douglas, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Nov. 2022 But as National Political Correspondent David Jackson reports, McCarthy's quest for speaker says more about the future of Republican leadership. Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen, USA TODAY, 21 Nov. 2022 What all these songs share — much like Galás’ own compositions — is an unflinching sense of honesty, of hearts and souls laid bare, of personal and universal suffering, and, ultimately, the quest for transcendence. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022
Verb
Elon Musk’s on-again, off-again quest to acquire Twitter has already cost Tesla shareholders a fortune this year, but the pain won’t stop there. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2022 Republicans longshot quest to regain control of the Oregon Senate this year is dead, based on partial returns as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. oregonlive, 8 Nov. 2022 There is plenty of tough competition standing in the way of the Eagles quest for back-to-back titles. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 29 Sep. 2022 None of these diplomatic, economic, or social problems appear likely to derail Xi’s quest for a third term. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2022 Holmgren’s injury makes that quest more difficult, but there’s more than enough young talent to become an intriguing team. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2022 Watts’ quest for a gold medal in Barcelona began with a win of his first-round qualifying heat. John Ortega, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2022 Both designer and performer beckon the public to ceaselessly quest into the depths of modernity, all together made evermore human in our synchronous weaving together of past, present, and future that results in something entirely new and propulsive. Blythe Marks, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2022 Clearly, two young rookies have played significant roles in the Braves quest to retain their crown. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 12 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French queste, Vulgar Latin *quaesta, from Latin, feminine of quaestus, past participle of quaerere

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Quest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quest. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

quest 1 of 2

noun

1
: an act or instance of seeking
2
a
: search entry 2
in quest of game
b
: an adventurous journey by a knight in a tale of olden days

quest

2 of 2

verb

1
: to go on a quest : seek
2
: to search for : pursue
3
: to ask for : demand

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