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:


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)

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

-- Miley Cyrus (American Musician)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Arthur Eddington (British Scientist)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Hillary Clinton (American Politician)

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

-- Helen Rowland (American Writer)

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

-- William J. Brennan (American Judge)

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)

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

-- Linda Evans (American Actress)

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

-- George Lucas (American Director)

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

-- Erich Fromm (American Psychologist)

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)

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)

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

-- Joely Fisher (American Actress)

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)

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

-- Antiphanes (Greek Writer)

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)

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)

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)

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

-- Emile M. Cioran (Romanian Philosopher)

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)

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

-- Remy de Gourmont (French Novelist)

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

-- Norman Cousins (American Editor)


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