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quest

[kwest] /kwɛst/
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.
verb (used without object)
6.
to search; seek (often followed by for or after):
to quest after hidden treasure.
7.
to go on a quest.
8.
Hunting.
  1. to search for game.
  2. to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
9.
to search or seek for; pursue.
Origin
1275-1325
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 forms
quester, noun
questingly, adverb
unquested, adjective
Synonyms
1. hunt, seeking, journey, mission, enterprise.
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quest

/kwɛst/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of looking for or seeking; search: a 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 target: my quest is the treasure of the king
4.
(rare) a collection of alms
verb (mainly intransitive)
5.
foll by for or after. to go in search (of)
6.
to go on a quest
7.
(of gun dogs or hounds)
  1. to search for game
  2. to bay when in pursuit of game
8.
(rare) to collect alms
9.
(also transitive) (archaic) to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
Derived Forms
quester, noun
questing, adjective
questingly, 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 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."

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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Idioms and Phrases with quest for

quest

see under in search of
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