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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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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 Tonight’s debate also comes at a crucial time for former Vice President Joe Biden, who has lost momentum in his quest to be seen as the most electable Democratic hopeful. Riders will race across a dirt track on the field at AT&T Stadium in their quest to earn points before the world championship. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "10 fun things to do the week of Feb. 21-27 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 20 Feb. 2020 In its quest for greater scale, BNP has shown few signs of overreach so far. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "The Dubious Race to Be Europe’s Investment Banking Champion," 5 Feb. 2020 Whether the couple remain in the good graces of Royal Family elders or are banished from the palace in their quest for independence, they will always be associated with one of the world's leading brands. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Speeches, books and Instagram posts: How Harry and Meghan could make their own money," 10 Jan. 2020 The Indians have home dates with Oak Hills and Colerain remaining in their quest to finish 10-0. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Wyoming continues No. 1 run in DIV, La Salle No. 4 in DII, Colerain now Top 10 in DI," 21 Oct. 2019 But the candidate’s campaign didn’t stop its quest for online engagement there. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Influencer Election Is Here," 13 Feb. 2020 Hope for a poor start for the Bronx Bombers and jump on a double-digit number in May. Los Angeles Dodgers (+400) The Dodgers continue to retool in their quest to overcome postseason failures and win their first World Series since 1988. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "MLB Futures Betting: 2020 World Series odds, picks and best bets," 11 Feb. 2020 Every week, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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. 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 Despite owning 10 restaurants, having written two best-selling books, and finding even greater fame on Chef's Table, Mallmann is still questing for fresh ideas. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "Learn to Cook, Tango, and Ski on Francis Mallmann's Private Argentine Island," 12 Nov. 2019 Merely the act of looking through a telescope is an exercise in questing. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "The Amazon Fires, From an Extraterrestrial Perspective," 6 Sep. 2019 Beginning July 5th, that quest really begins in earnest. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bayside 10s use 17.2 runs per game to motor to District 14 Little League title," 1 July 2019 Kristin Stokes plays Annabeth Chase, the daughter of Athena and Percy’s questing partner. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘The Lightning Thief’ strikes out, but performances shine," 20 June 2019 Greg David identifies a potential roadblock to Amazon’s quest to build Regional Office 1 in New York: Blocking Amazon’s arrival won’t be easy. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 The Butterfly Effect Hosted by journalist Jon Ronson, The Butterfly Effect is a podcast miniseries about pornography, specifically the unexpected consequences of one European teens quest to stream it online for free. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "10 Podcasts You Should Actually Be Listening To," 29 May 2018

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

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2 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Quest.” waleadership.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, http://waleadership.com/dictionary/quest. Accessed 6 Mar. 2020.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of quest (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + literary : to go on a journey to find something


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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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