quest

[kwest]
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.
a.
to search for game.
b.
to bay or give tongue in pursuit of game.
verb (used with object)
9.
to search or seek for; pursue.

Origin:
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

quester, noun
questingly, adverb
unquested, adjective


1. hunt, seeking, journey, mission, enterprise.
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quest (kwɛst)
 
n
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
 
vb (foll by for or after)
5.  to go in search (of)
6.  to go on a quest
7.  of gun dogs or hounds
 a.  to search for game
 b.  to bay when in pursuit of game
8.  rare to collect alms
9.  archaic (also tr) to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
 
[C14: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek]
 
'quester
 
n
 
'questing
 
adj
 
'questingly
 
adv

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quest
c.1300, "a search for something" (esp. of judicial inquiries or hounds seeking game), from O.Fr. queste (Fr. quête), prop. "the act of seeking," from M.L. questa "search, inquiry," alteration of L. quæsitus, pp. of quærere "seek, gain, ask" (see query). Romance
sense of "adventure undertaken by a knight" is attested from late 14c. The verb is first recorded mid-14c.
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Questing is a game played across a community or geographic place.
In the united kingdom, questing is a commercial game played using mobile phones.
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