Definitions for: Quest


[n] the act of searching for something; "a quest for diamonds"
[n] 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"
[v] express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
[v] seek alms, as for religious purposes
[v] bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
[v] search the trail of, as of game; "The dog went of and quested"
[v] make a search (for); "Things that die with their eyes open and questing"; "The animal came questing through the forest"



Webster (1913) Definition: Quest, n. [OF. queste, F. qu[^e]te, fr. L. quaerere,
quaesitum, to seek for, to ask. Cf. Query, Question.]
1. 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.

Upon an hard adventure yet in quest. --Spenser.

Cease your quest of love. --Shak.

There ended was his quest, there ceased his care.
--Milton.

2. Request; desire; solicitation.

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

3. Those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively.

The senate hath sent about three several quests to
search you out. --Shak.

4. Inquest; jury of inquest.

What lawful quest have given their verdict ? --Shak.


Quest, v. t. [Cf. OF. quester, F. qu[^e]ter. See
Quest, n.]
To search for; to examine. [R.] --Sir T. Herbert.


Quest, v. i.
To go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg.
[R.]

If his questing had been unsuccessful, he appeased the
rage of hunger with some scraps of broken meat.
--Macaulay.

Synonyms: bay, bespeak, call for, pursuance, pursuit, request, seeking

See Also: appeal, apply, arrogate, ask, ask in, ask out, ask over, ask round, bark, beg, beg off, book, call, challenge, chase, chase after, claim, communicate, demand, desire, dog, encore, excuse, go after, hold, hunt, hunting, invite out, invoke, lay claim, order, pass, pass on, petition, put across, reserve, search, search, seek, solicit, supplicate, tag, tail, take out, tap, track, trail, wild-goose chase

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Famous Quotes Containing Quest:


Science attempts to analyze how things and people and animals behave; it has no concern whether this behavior is good or bad, is purposeful or not. But religion is precisely the quest for such answers: whether an act is right or wrong, good or bad, and why.

-- Warren Weaver (American Scientist)

I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you're older, I think, is that you really must make the self.

-- Mary McCarthy (American Author)

My quest these days is to find my long lost inner child, but I'm afraid if I do, I'll end up with food in my hair and way too in love with the cats.

-- Kenny Loggins (American Musician)

Its all about finding the right note at the right place and knowing when to leave well enough alone. And that's a lifelong quest.

-- David Sanborn (American Musician)

The way one approaches a wilderness story is to fashion a quest - find something that you are truly interested in finding or discovering.

-- Tim Cahill (Australian Athlete)

The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are?

-- Anne Rice (American Novelist)

This searching and doubting and vacillating where nothing is clear but the arrogance of quest. I, too, had such noble ideas when I was still a boy.

-- Franz Grillparzer (Austrian Poet)

The spiritual quest was always the predominant aspect of my life. It's always been there. But there's also an incredible passion connected to it; it's not just a dry investigative process. I have been extremely emotional about it, and that comes out in the songs.

-- Cat Stevens (British Musician)

The quest of the absolute leads into the four-dimensional world.

-- Arthur Eddington (British Scientist)

The quest for freedom, dignity, and the rights of man will never end.

-- William J. Brennan (American Judge)

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.

-- Dag Hammarskjold (Swedish Diplomat)

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Leader)

King's Quest IV was a much bigger hit than I, II, or III. I do feel that King's Quest IV was a pivotal game in bringing in more female players.

-- Roberta Williams (American Designer)

In all our quest of greatness, like wanton boys, whose pastime is their care, we follow after bubbles, blown in the air.

-- John Webster (English Playwright)

I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair.

-- Hillary Clinton (American Politician)

I didn't want to make a man the No. 1 quest in my life.

-- Linda Evans (American Actress)

I need more friends. It's kind of like my quest right now just to have more true friends.

-- Miley Cyrus (American Musician)

Hinduism's basic tenet is that many roads exist by which men have pursued and still pursue their quest for the truth and that none has universal validity.

-- Kenneth Scott Latourette (American Historian)

Join me in my quest for a greater understanding of our existence. Join me in my desire for a greater self. Join me as I seek the humility to love and understand my fellow man.

-- Bryant H. McGill (American Poet)

My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into. Middle-aged men ask me when we're going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons.

-- Joseph Barbera (American Cartoonist)

If those committed to the quest fail, they will be forgiven. When lost, they will find another way. The moral imperative of humanism is the endeavor alone, whether successful or not, provided the effort is honorable and failure memorable.

-- E. O. Wilson (American Scientist)

I am not one who was born in the custody of wisdom; I am one who is fond of olden times and intense in quest of the sacred knowing of the ancients.

-- Gustave Courbet (French Artist)

The quest for peace begins in the home, in the school and in the workplace.

-- Silvia Cartwright (New Zealander Statesman)

Kinsey's quest was really for us all to be tolerant and accepting of each other.

-- Liam Neeson (Irish Actor)

But in truth, should I meet with gold or spices in great quantity, I shall remain till I collect as much as possible, and for this purpose I am proceeding solely in quest of them.

-- Christopher Columbus (Italian Explorer)

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

-- Erich Fromm (American Psychologist)

For more than two centuries since winning our own freedom, we the people of the United States have repeatedly answered the call to lead the quest for freedom around the globe.

-- Mac Thornberry (American Politician)

My way of remaining French was the financing scheme I used for Quest for Fire, with Fox funds, since it started as a 100% American production. The film was not in French and yet was French in style, reflecting my personality.

-- Jean-Jacques Annaud (French Director)

You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that's just begun.

-- James Weldon Johnson (American Poet)

To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.

-- Anna Louise Strong (American Journalist)

We will pursue every factor, every element, every second of the timeline, of the final hours of Maurice's life. We will pursue that relentlessly. That will be our quest from now on.

-- Robin Gibb (English Musician)

I'm always on the quest for something delicious and healthful.

-- Joely Fisher (American Actress)

The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.

-- Antiphanes (Greek Writer)


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