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quest

[kwest] /kwɛst/
noun
1.
a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something:
a quest for uranium mines; a quest for knowledge.
2.
Medieval Romance. an adventurous expedition undertaken by a knight or knights to secure or achieve something:
the quest of the Holy Grail.
3.
those engaged in such an expedition.
4.
British Dialect. inquest.
5.
Obsolete. a jury of inquest.
verb (used without object)
6.
to search; seek (often followed by for or after):
to quest after hidden treasure.
7.
to go on a quest.
8.
Hunting.
  1. to search for game.
  2. to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
9.
to search or seek for; pursue.
Origin of quest
1275-1325
1275-1325; (noun) Middle English queste < Old French < Latin quaesīta, feminine past participle of quaerere to seek; (v.) Middle English questen < Old French quester, derivative of the noun
Related forms
quester, noun
questingly, adverb
unquested, adjective
Synonyms
1. hunt, seeking, journey, mission, enterprise.
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Examples from the Web for quested
Historical Examples
  • The moon brooded upon the lulled waves, and quested among the ridges of driftwood for pearly shells.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Well, then, Paris had quested forth to find and win the most beautiful of women.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • Failing in many attempts to open them, he quested food, found it, and consoled himself with it.

  • They shrank down in fear, and quested anxiously about with their eyes for a way of retreat.

    Before Adam Jack London
  • He had quested along the trail and found Smoke's tracks where he had left it to take refuge on the bank.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Yet it was possible that those in the catacombs were unaware how Scotland Yard, night and day, quested for Mr. King.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • He had quested for the difference with his ear,—and the difference lay in the feel of the sound.

    The Yellow Horde Hal G. Evarts
  • Yet I stayed not in my going, as I quested through the deep-wooded hill, till I beheld him, and instantly essayed my prowess.

British Dictionary definitions for quested

quest

/kwɛst/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of looking for or seeking; search: a quest for diamonds
2.
(in medieval romance) an expedition by a knight or company of knights to accomplish some prescribed task, such as finding the Holy Grail
3.
the object of a search; goal or target: my quest is the treasure of the king
4.
(rare) a collection of alms
verb (mainly intransitive)
5.
foll by for or after. to go in search (of)
6.
to go on a quest
7.
(of gun dogs or hounds)
  1. to search for game
  2. to bay when in pursuit of game
8.
(rare) to collect alms
9.
(also transitive) (archaic) to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
Derived Forms
quester, noun
questing, adjective
questingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek
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Word Origin and History for quested

quest

n.

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."

v.

mid-14c., "to seek game, hunt," from quest (n.) and from Old French quester "to search, hunt," from queste (n.). Related: Quested; questing.

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Idioms and Phrases with quested

quest

see under in search of
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