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:


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)

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

-- William J. Brennan (American Judge)

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

-- Silvia Cartwright (New Zealander Statesman)

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

-- Norman Cousins (American Editor)

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

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

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

-- Linda Evans (American Actress)

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

-- Arthur Eddington (British Scientist)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Joely Fisher (American Actress)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Quest is at the heart of what I do-the holy grail, and the terror that you'll never find it, seemed a perfect metaphor for life.

-- Jeanette Winterson (British Novelist)

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)

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

-- George Lucas (American Director)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Remy de Gourmont (French Novelist)

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)

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

-- Emile M. Cioran (Romanian Philosopher)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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