Meaning of “quest” in the English Dictionary

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"quest" in British English

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questnoun [ C ]

uk /kwest/ us /kwest/ literary

C2 a long search for something that is difficult to find, or an attempt to achieve something difficult:

Nothing will stop them in their quest for truth.
She went to India on a spiritual quest.
[ + to infinitive ] She does aerobics four times a week in her quest to achieve the perfect body.

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  • In his quest for physical perfection, he spends hours in the gym.
  • The United States is in the van of the quest to establish contact with beings from the beyond.
  • New equipment is being developed in a quest to stop drinking and driving.
  • Scientists announced another breakthrough in their quest for a cure for prostate cancer.

(Definition of “quest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quest" in American English

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questnoun [ C ]

us /kwest/

a long search for something that is difficult to find:

a quest for the meaning of life

(Definition of “quest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)