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quest

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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to search; seek (often followed by for or after): to quest after hidden treasure.
  2. to go on a quest.
  3. Hunting. (of a dog)
    1. to search for game.
    2. to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to search or seek for; pursue.
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Origin of quest

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 formsquest·er, nounquest·ing·ly, adverbun·quest·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. hunt, seeking, journey, mission, enterprise.
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Examples from the Web for quest

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Unknown

  • But not for that did aunt Ann relinquish her quest for the betterment of the domestic world.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • They found it surging and tossing, in quest of Defarge himself.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • She was confessedly in league with a gang of adventurers upon a quest for treasure.


British Dictionary definitions for quest

quest

noun
  1. the act or an instance of looking for or seeking; searcha 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 targetmy quest is the treasure of the king
  4. rare a collection of alms
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verb (mainly intr)
  1. (foll by for or after) to go in search (of)
  2. to go on a quest
  3. (of gun dogs or hounds)
    1. to search for game
    2. to bay when in pursuit of game
  4. rare to collect alms
  5. (also tr) archaic to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
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Derived Formsquester, nounquesting, adjectivequestingly, 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 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."

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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with quest

quest

see under in search of.

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