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Related to quaerō. Perhaps for *quaessō, desiderative formation with Proto-Indo-European *-(h₁)seti (as in vīsō).[1]


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈkʷae̯.soː/
  • (file)


quaesō (present infinitive quaesere, perfect active quaesīvī or quaesiī); third conjugation, no supine stem

  1. I beg or ask (for)
  2. I seek
  3. (in first-person) please


   Conjugation of quaesō (third conjugation, no supine stem)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present quaesō quaesis quaesit quaesimus quaesitis quaesunt
imperfect quaesēbam quaesēbās quaesēbat quaesēbāmus quaesēbātis quaesēbant
future quaesam quaesēs quaeset quaesēmus quaesētis quaesent
perfect quaesīvī, quaesiī quaesīvistī, quaesiistī quaesīvit, quaesiit quaesīvimus, quaesiimus quaesīvistis, quaesiistis quaesīvērunt, quaesīvēre, quaesiērunt, quaesiēre
pluperfect quaesīveram, quaesieram quaesīverās, quaesierās quaesīverat, quaesierat quaesīverāmus, quaesierāmus quaesīverātis, quaesierātis quaesīverant, quaesierant
future perfect quaesīverō, quaesierō quaesīveris, quaesieris quaesīverit, quaesierit quaesīverimus, quaesierimus quaesīveritis, quaesieritis quaesīverint, quaesierint
passive present quaesor quaeseris, quaesere quaesitur quaesimur quaesiminī quaesuntur
imperfect quaesēbar quaesēbāris, quaesēbāre quaesēbātur quaesēbāmur quaesēbāminī quaesēbantur
future quaesar quaesēris, quaesēre quaesētur quaesēmur quaesēminī quaesentur
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present quaesam quaesās quaesat quaesāmus quaesātis quaesant
imperfect quaeserem quaeserēs quaeseret quaeserēmus quaeserētis quaeserent
perfect quaesīverim, quaesierim quaesīverīs, quaesierīs quaesīverit, quaesierit quaesīverīmus, quaesierīmus quaesīverītis, quaesierītis quaesīverint, quaesierint
pluperfect quaesīvissem, quaesiissem quaesīvissēs, quaesiissēs quaesīvisset, quaesiisset quaesīvissēmus, quaesiissēmus quaesīvissētis, quaesiissētis quaesīvissent, quaesiissent
passive present quaesar quaesāris, quaesāre quaesātur quaesāmur quaesāminī quaesantur
imperfect quaeserer quaeserēris, quaeserēre quaeserētur quaeserēmur quaeserēminī quaeserentur
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present quaese quaesite
future quaesitō quaesitō quaesitōte quaesuntō
passive present quaesere quaesiminī
future quaesitor quaesitor quaesuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives quaesere quaesīvisse, quaesiisse quaesī
participles quaesēns quaesendus, quaesundus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
quaesendī quaesendō quaesendum quaesendō


Usage notes[edit]

The verb was used normally by pre-Classical authors. Classically, however, it was used mainly in the first person singular present, quaesō. Other attested forms listed in the Oxford Latin Dictionary are:

  • quaesit, third person singular present active indicative
  • quaesumus, first person plural present active indicative (common in Ecclesiastical Latin)
  • quaesitur, third person singular present passive
  • quaesere, present active infinitive
  • quaesentibus, dative or ablative plural of *quaesens, present active participle
  • quaesendum, inflected form of *quaesendus, future passive participle (gerundive)


  1. ^ Sihler, Andrew L. (1995) New Comparative Grammar of Greek and Latin, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, § 457.B