verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to search or seek for; pursue.

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 for quest

1. hunt, seeking, journey, mission, enterprise. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quested

Historical Examples of quested

  • 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

  • Well, then, Paris had quested forth to find and win the most beautiful of women.


    Albert Payson Terhune

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

    Before Adam

    Jack London

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for quested



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

verb (mainly intr)

(foll by for or after) to go in search (of)
to go on a quest
(of gun dogs or hounds)
  1. to search for game
  2. to bay when in pursuit of game
rare to collect alms
(also tr) archaic to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
Derived Formsquester, nounquesting, adjectivequestingly, adverb

Word Origin for quest

C14: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek
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Word Origin and History for quested



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with quested


see under in search of.

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