verb (used without object)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
- quesada, gonzalo jiménez de,
- quesnay, françois,
- question mark,
- question master,
- question of fact,
- question of law
Origin of quest
Examples from the Web for quest
Our quest for better leaders—“Change we can believe in”— is wishful thinking.
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.
She began her quest for equal rights shortly after her three-month sentence.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality|Justin Jones|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Evidence of the interest of this respected figure propelled Vieira on his quest.
Where does the quest for beauty and hedonistic impulses begin and end?
(The Gellerman motivationand productivity film series)A Quest production.Motion Pictures 1960-1969|Copyright Office. Library of Congress.
"Would that I had half the courage for my quest," I mused, and walked slowly back to the solitary lodge.Lords of the North|A. C. Laut
Now and then he got up from this work, to look out of the window, or to pace the room, as if in quest of new ideas.Methods of Authors|Hugo Erichsen
It had been a tough year, filled with intensive study in the quest for an officer's commission in the Solar Guard.The Revolt on Venus|Carey Rockwell
Quite early in the afternoon she started upon her quest for the pianist.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
verb (mainly intr)
- to search for game
- to bay when in pursuit of game
Word Origin 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.
see under in search of.