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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Instead, household names in the tech industry, including Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook Inc.), Google and Cisco have purged jobs in a widespread quest to correct their over-exuberant hiring during the coronavirus pandemic. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 18 Feb. 2024 After all, Turkey’s quest to join the West, which goes as far back as the first attempts at Europeanization by Ottoman elites in the early eighteenth century, is as old as modern Europe itself. Soner Cagaptay, Foreign Affairs, 19 Feb. 2024 As if this quest isn’t hard enough, biologists cannot agree on what a species is. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 That quest gives purpose to a life the retiree otherwise regards as spent. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2024 That quest will now be followed on the latest Waking Dead spinoff series, The Ones Who Live (premiering Feb. 25 on AMC). Dalton Ross, EW.com, 14 Feb. 2024 Nevertheless, her quest also moves along at a relatively sedate pace. Jessica Liese, Variety, 14 Feb. 2024 Made popular by its seemingly unthreatening nature, cute’s quest for world domination suggests there is more to the phenomenon than its charming exterior might imply. Zara Khan, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 But his quest to make state political history may not rely on the support of people who look like him. Kendrick Marshall, Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024
Verb
The character's anxieties — and quest for bravery — fit like a glove. Andrea Mandell, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 The simplest way to gain lore is to summon glimmers to go questing. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 In contrast to the spiritually questing emotional roller coasters of his contemporary Gustav Mahler’s symphonies, Strauss’s works were the product of an artistic personality that toggled between studied irony and a bourgeois sentimentality seemingly custom-cut to Wilhelmine sensibilities. John Adams, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Online, there’s a performance of the work by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, in which the musicians, barefoot and playing from memory, produce a feeling of renewal—perhaps of one of the souls in an Ovid myth questing toward rebirth. John Adams, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 The true lesson of pilgrimage in a secular context instructs us to set out into the world with a questing spirit that is unafraid of looking without finding, allowing curiosity, sympathy and self-improvement to do the work of faith. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Clinton was forever questing for ways to feed the world for pennies. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2023 Should that quest fail, Reddish could compete for the starting small forward job. Afentres, oregonlive, 6 May 2023 Suited, demented man, questing for angels. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2023 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 24 Feb. 2024.

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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