- a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something: a quest for uranium mines; a quest for knowledge.
- Medieval Romance. an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight or knights to secure or achieve something: the quest of the Holy Grail.
- those engaged in such an expedition.
- British Dialect. inquest.
- Obsolete. a jury of inquest.
- to search; seek (often followed by for or after): to quest after hidden treasure.
- to go on a quest.
- Hunting. (of a dog)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
- to search or seek for; pursue.
Origin of quest
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Examples from the Web for quest
Our quest for better leaders—“Change we can believe in”— is wishful thinking.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
She began her quest for equal rights shortly after her three-month sentence.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
Evidence of the interest of this respected figure propelled Vieira on his quest.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid
November 13, 2014
Where does the quest for beauty and hedonistic impulses begin and end?Herbie Hancock Holds Forth
November 8, 2014
His quest is our quest: the ceaseless striving to live out our true creed.
Bewulf sets out in quest of its hiding-place, with twelve men.Beowulf
But not for that did aunt Ann relinquish her quest for the betterment of the domestic world.Tiverton Tales
They found it surging and tossing, in quest of Defarge himself.A Tale of Two Cities
She was confessedly in league with a gang of adventurers upon a quest for treasure.The Inn at the Red Oak
- the act or an instance of looking for or seeking; searcha quest for diamonds
- (in medieval romance) an expedition by a knight or company of knights to accomplish some prescribed task, such as finding the Holy Grail
- the object of a search; goal or targetmy quest is the treasure of the king
- rare a collection of alms
- (foll by for or after) to go in search (of)
- to go on a quest
- (of gun dogs or hounds)
- to search for game
- to bay when in pursuit of game
- rare to collect alms
- (also tr) archaic to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
Word Origin and History for quest
c.1300, "an inquest;" early 14c., "a search for something" (especially of judicial inquiries or hounds seeking game), from Old French queste "search, quest, chase, hunt, pursuit; inquest, inquiry" (12c., Modern French quête), properly "the act of seeking," and directly from Medieval Latin questa "search, inquiry," alteration of Latin quaesitus (fem. quaesita) "sought-out, select," past participle of quaerere "seek, gain, ask" (see query (n.)). Romance sense of "adventure undertaken by a knight" (especially the search for the Grail) is attested from late 14c. Johnson's dictionary has questmonger "Starter of lawsuits or prosecutions."
mid-14c., "to seek game, hunt," from quest (n.) and from Old French quester "to search, hunt," from queste (n.). Related: Quested; questing.
Idioms and Phrases with quest
see under in search of.