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:


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)

The fear of being deceived is the vulgar version of the quest for Truth.

-- Emile M. Cioran (Romanian Philosopher)

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

-- Linda Evans (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Arthur Eddington (British Scientist)

Love, the quest; marriage, the conquest; divorce, the inquest.

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

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)

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)

The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice, but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular.

-- E. T. Bell (Scottish Mathematician)

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

-- Liam Neeson (Irish Actor)

Humans are imperfect. That's one of the reasons that classical and jazz are in trouble. We're on the quest for the perfect performance and every note has to be right. Man, every note is not right in life.

-- Branford Marsalis (American Musician)

We here in the North have for many years had a natural tendency to feel that when our representatives come together at an international meeting, we embark on the quest of mutual understanding and support.

-- Hjalmar Branting (Swedish Statesman)

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)

Since September 11, 2001, the powerful coalition of nations, led by the United States, has seen many successes against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. It is imperative that we remain united and steadfast in the quest to defeat terrorism around the world.

-- Kenny Marchant (American Politician)

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)

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)

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)

Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason.

-- Hal Borland (American Author)

Politicians trim and tack in their quest for power, but they do so in order to get the wind of votes in their sails.

-- Ian Gilmour (English Politician)

It comes down to this: black people were stripped of our identities when we were brought here, and it's been a quest since then to define who we are.

-- Spike Lee (American Director)

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)

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

-- William J. Brennan (American Judge)

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

-- Antiphanes (Greek Writer)

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)

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)

No longer is there a quest for the truth so much as there is this apparent need to present both sides of an issue even if one is nothing but lies and distortions.

-- Joe Wilson (American Politician)

The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness.

-- Norman Cousins (American Editor)

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)

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)

Two things are going on at the same time with the flattening of the world: The relentless quest for efficiency is squeezing some of the fat out of life.

-- Thomas Friedman (American Journalist)

If you read my books, especially the Star Trek books and the Quest for Tomorrow books, you'll see in them the core theme of the basic humanistic questions that Star Trek asked.

-- William Shatner (Canadian Actor)

In Endless Quest books, you start the plot, and the character has to make choices. Then you have to write one choice over here, one choice over there. The author might get one or two choices out.

-- Margaret Weis (American Writer)

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)


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