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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pursuit, pursuance, questnoun

    a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria

    "the pursuit of love"; "life is more than the pursuance of fame"; "a quest for wealth"

  2. quest, seekingverb

    the act of searching for something

    "a quest for diamonds"

  3. questverb

    make a search (for)

    "Things that die with their eyes open and questing"; "The animal came questing through the forest"

  4. questverb

    search the trail of (game)

    "The dog went off and quested"

  5. bay, questverb

    bark with prolonged noises, of dogs

  6. questverb

    seek alms, as for religious purposes

  7. request, bespeak, call for, questverb

    express the need or desire for; ask for

    "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"


  1. questnoun

    A journey or effort in pursuit of a goal (often lengthy, ambitious, or fervent); a mission.

  2. questverb

    To seek or pursue a goal; to undertake a mission or job.

  3. Etymology: Partly from queste, queste, and partly from their source, quaesta, noun use of quaesita, the feminine past participle of quaerere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Questnoun

    Etymology: queste, Fr.

    None but such as this bold ape unblest,
    Can ever thrive in that unlucky quest. Hubberd’s Tale.

    If lusty love should go in quest of beauty,
    Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch. William Shakespeare.

    Fair silver buskin’d nymphs,
    I know this quest of yours and free intent
    Was all in honour and devotion meant,
    To the great mistress of your princely shrine. John Milton.

    An aged man in rural weeds,
    Following, as seem’d, the quest of some stray ewe. John Milton.

    One for all
    Myself expose, with lonely steps to tread
    Th’ unfounded deep, and the void immense
    To search with wand’ring quest a place foretold
    Should be. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Since first break of dawn, the fiend,
    Mere serpent in appearance, forth was come,
    And on his quest, where likeliest he might find
    The only two of mankind. John Milton.

    ’Twould be not strange, should we find Paradise at this day where Adam left it; and I the rather note this, because I see there are some so earnest in quest of it. John Woodward.

    There’s not an African,
    That traverses our vast Numidian desarts
    In quest of prey, and lives upon his bow,
    But better practises these boasted virtues. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    We see them active and vigilant in quest of delight. Spect.

    What’s my offence?
    Where is the evidence, that doth accuse me?
    What lawful quest have given their verdict up
    Unto the frowning judge. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    You have been hotly call’d for,
    When, being not at your lodging to be found,
    The senate sent above three several quests
    To search you out. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    O place and greatness! millions of false eyes
    Are stuck upon thee; volumes of report
    Run with these false and most contrarious quests
    Upon thy doings. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    Gad not abroad at every quest and call
    Of an untrained hope or passion. George Herbert.

  2. To Questverb

    To go in search.

    Etymology: quêter, Fr. from the noun.


  1. Quest

    A quest is a journey toward a specific mission or a goal. The word serves as a plot device in mythology and fiction: a difficult journey towards a goal, often symbolic or allegorical. Tales of quests figure prominently in the folklore of every nation and ethnic culture. In literature, the object of a quest requires great exertion on the part of the hero, who must overcome many obstacles, typically including much travel. The aspect of travel allows the storyteller to showcase exotic locations and cultures (an objective of the narrative, not of the character). The object of a quest may also have supernatural properties, often leading the protagonist into other worlds and dimensions. The moral of a quest tale often centers on the changed character of the hero.


  1. quest

    A quest refers to a long or arduous search for something, often something of significant value or importance. This could be a tangible object, a piece of knowledge, or a metaphorical or spiritual goal. In literature and storytelling, a quest often forms the central plot, driving the main character towards a specific goal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Questnoun

    the act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit; as, to rove in quest of game, of a lost child, of property, etc

  2. Questnoun

    request; desire; solicitation

  3. Questnoun

    those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively

  4. Questnoun

    inquest; jury of inquest

  5. Questnoun

    to search for; to examine

  6. Questverb

    to go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg

  7. Etymology: [OF. queste, F. qute, fr. L. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, to ask. Cf. Query, Question.]


  1. Quest

    In mythology and literature, a quest, a journey towards a goal, serves as a plot device and as a symbol. Quests appear in the folklore of every nation and also figure prominently in non-national cultures. In literature, the objects of quests require great exertion on the part of the hero, and the overcoming of many obstacles, typically including much travel. The aspect of travel also allows the storyteller to showcase exotic locations and cultures.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quest

    kwest, n. the act of seeking: search: pursuit: a searching party: a jury of inquest: inquiry, investigation: request or desire.—v.i. to go in search of, to go begging: to give tongue, as a dog after game.—ns. Quest′ant, Quest′er (Shak.), one who seeks after anything, a candidate.—adj. Quest′ful. [O. Fr. queste (Fr. quête)—L. quæsita (res), a thing sought—quærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.]

Editors Contribution

  1. questverb

    In the capacity as being established with a system for self-improvement aimed at developing a person's potential through intensive group awareness and life sessions. 1.) A long or arduous search for something. An expedition made by a knight to accomplish a prescribed task.

    Growing up in life seems like a quest of learning more and more about who I am.

    Etymology: Contract

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 8, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. QUEST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Quest is ranked #35582 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Quest surname appeared 632 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Quest.

    78.8% or 498 total occurrences were White.
    14.4% or 91 total occurrences were Black.
    2.8% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.6% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quest in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of quest in a Sentence

  1. Johnny Depp:

    I hope that my quest to have the truth be told will have helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those supporting them never give up.

  2. Rmy de Gourmont:

    The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it.

  3. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Of all the nations in the world, the United States was built in nobody's image. It was the land of the unexpected, of unbounded hope, of ideals, of quest for an unknown perfection. It is all the more unfitting that we should offer ourselves in images. And all the more fitting that the images which we make wittingly or unwittingly to sell America to the world should come back to haunt and curse us.

  4. Lewis Hamilton:

    Please no! This is the worst looking mod (modification) in Formula One history, i appreciate the quest for safety but this is Formula One and the way it is now is perfectly fine.

  5. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration. From the cautious quest for what they knew (or thought they knew) was out there, into an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown. These are two substantially different kinds of human enterprise.

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