verb (used without object)
- to search for game.
- to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of quest
historical usage of quest
Quest in the hunting sense “baying of hounds” first appears in the wonderful Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (about 1390). In Arthurian and chivalric romances, quest in the sense “an expedition undertaken by a knight or band of knights to attain a specific goal” dates from Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur (1485).
OTHER WORDS FROM questquester, nounquest·ing·ly, adverbun·quest·ed, adjective
Words nearby quest
How to use quest in a sentence
Nobody should have to face repression in their quest for freedom.Blade contributor participates in congressional roundtable on ICE abuses|Staff reports|August 26, 2020|Washington Blade
This has also led DeFi traders to hop around to different exchanges in their yield farming quest, sometimes with disastrous results.
This heartwarming documentary follows the life of Saskatchewan-born model Ashley Luther, aka Elly Mayday, and her quest to champion the body positivity movement in an industry that really didn’t want to hear it.This Weekend: You’ll Never Bathe the Same Way Again|Joshua Eferighe|August 21, 2020|Ozy
The last thing that most people would do is call poker, with its competition, its winners and losers, its quest to gain the maximum edge over your opponent, a haven of safety.The Deck Is Not Rigged: Poker and the Limits of AI|Maria Konnikova|August 7, 2020|Singularity Hub
Powered by this strong financial incentive, the quest for automation is growing ever more pervasive.The Global Work Crisis: Automation, the Case Against Jobs, and What to Do About It|Peter Xing|August 6, 2020|Singularity Hub
Our quest for better leaders—“Change we can believe in”— is wishful thinking.
In our headlong quest for a legally perfect society, we don’t take the time to take stock of what‘s been created so far.
Hammerstein continued his subtle quest for racial equanimity in Oklahoma!
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
They had searched Mortlake House for Alice, and that vain quest had not wasted more than half-an-hour.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
There he stood still for a few seconds and looked around him as if in quest of something.
He was sent from one place to another, in quest of his friend, and made diligent use of his long legs, but without success.
In this quest many paintings, sculptures, and inscriptions were destroyed or defaced of which no record has been preserved.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
The Englishman went to see how big the tiger was while I led Kari in quest of my broken flute.Kari the Elephant|Dhan Gopal Mukerji
British Dictionary definitions for quest
verb (mainly intr)
- to search for game
- to bay when in pursuit of game
Derived forms of questquester, nounquesting, adjectivequestingly, adverb
Word Origin for quest
Idioms and Phrases with quest
see under in search of.