\ 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


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


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 As your agent, a realtor balances the quest for the highest price with the desire to have your home sell quickly – neither of you want a stale property with successive price reductions, or to get caught in the winds of a shift in market valuations. Rob Clarfeld, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 The lush music makes a quixotic quest seem somehow more significant. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 The first legal claim relies significantly on the Mazars case, though the judiciary will be considering those questions under very different circumstance than what was before it during the House's quest for Trump's tax returns. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The ruling by Biggs, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, was the latest defeat in a string of losses for Students for Fair Admissions and Blum in a decadelong quest to eliminate racial considerations in college admissions policies., 19 Oct. 2021 Shaped by San Francisco’s cultural upheaval of the late 1960s, the psychedelic country-rock band and its eclectic, relaxed repertoire best expressed the hippie movement’s quest for spiritual tranquility. Marc Myers, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 The chip, called the Yitian 710, will be used exclusively by Alibaba and will be one of the most advanced chips produced in China as part of the country’s quest for self-suffiency in chipmaking. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2021 This 100% gluten-free restaurant began as chef-owner Julie Moreno’s quest to feed her daughter foods that resembled the real deals after she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 In the grand picture, the big scheme, the quest for the playoff grail, nothing. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 18 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The return of the World Cup to Greater Boston could provide momentum in MLS’ quest for a downtown, appropriately-sized stadium for the New England Revolution over the line. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The finding was an embarrassing end to a widely criticized, and at times bizarre, quest to prove allegations that election officials and courts have rejected. Bob Christie, Christina A. Cassidy, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2021 In 2011, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas took his people’s quest for independence to the United Nations, seeking the world body’s recognition of Palestine and sidestepping negotiations that had foundered for nearly two decades., 23 Sep. 2021 After the Bears named Justin Fields as their starter going forward, Nathan examined Fields’ quest to become the rare Ohio State quarterback to have NFL success. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 In the long-term, however, a win feeds either club’s chances of clinching a home game to begin its MLS Cup playoffs quest. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 17 Sep. 2021 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., 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of quest


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


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

History and Etymology for quest


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

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“Quest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for quest


\ 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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