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
Example sentences from the Web for quest
Bolt Threads joins Modern Meadow in the quest to bring lab-grown leather to marketThe company, which has raised over $200 million since its launch nearly 11 years ago, faces some pretty tough competition.Bolt Threads partners with Adidas, owners of Balenciaga and Gucci, and Stella McCartney on mushroom leather|Jonathan Shieber|October 2, 2020|TechCrunch
It’s the quest for truth, evidence, and facts and the use of that truth as we fairly apply our laws.Protesters hit the streets for a second night after officers aren’t charged with killing Breonna Taylor|Fabiola Cineas|September 25, 2020|Vox
Her Jewish funeral and Arlington National Cemetery burial speak to her quest to balance these two identities.In Death, As In Life, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Balanced Being American And Jewish|LGBTQ-Editor|September 25, 2020|No Straight News
Structural batteries for better-handling carsAs part of its quest for increased electric car range, Tesla plans to change up the way it builds its cars.Tesla’s new battery tech promises a road to a cheap self-driving electric car|Stan Horaczek|September 24, 2020|Popular Science
California governor Gavin Newsom made a bold attempt today to eliminate sales of new gas-guzzling cars and trucks, marking a critical step in the state’s quest to become carbon neutral by 2045.California looks to eliminate gas guzzlers—but legal hurdles abound|James Temple|September 24, 2020|MIT Technology Review
He had sent forth his questing, questioning soul, and he waited for an answer.If You Touch Them They Vanish|Gouverneur Morris
It was certainly he who, questing for game in the night, marked the trail with his feet.The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles|Jean Henri Fabre
The questing snout swung to and fro, fixed its position and discharged another of those lightning-bolts.The Onslaught from Rigel|Fletcher Pratt
The vision vanished abruptly as his questing eyes made the circle of the ruined walls.The Tree of Life|Catherine Lucille Moore
Again she fired; but now he was upon her and his hand had struck the pistol aside so that the questing bullet sped skywards.Wolf Breed|Jackson Gregory
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.