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:


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)

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)

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

-- Miley Cyrus (American Musician)

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

-- Linda Evans (American Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough - that we should try again.

-- Julia Cameron (American Author)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Joely Fisher (American Actress)

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.

-- H. P. Lovecraft ( Novelist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Remy de Gourmont (French Novelist)

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

-- Hillary Clinton (American Politician)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Norman Cousins (American Editor)

Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.

-- George Lucas (American Director)

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)

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)

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)


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