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quest

 (kwĕst)
n.
1. The act or an instance of seeking or pursuing something; a search.
2. An expedition undertaken in medieval romance by a knight in order to perform a prescribed feat: the quest for the Holy Grail.
3. Archaic
a. An inquest.
b. A jury appointed to take part in an inquest.
v.intr. quest·ed, quest·ing, quests
1. To search for something: quested for knowledge.
2. To go on a quest.
3. To search for game or bay when sighting game, as a hound.

[Middle English queste, from Old French, ultimately from Latin quaesta, from feminine of *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to seek.]

quest′er n.

quest

(kwɛst)
n
1. the act or an instance of looking for or seeking; search: a quest for diamonds.
2. (Historical Terms) (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 (mainly intr)
5. (foll by: for or after) to go in search (of)
6. (Historical Terms) to go on a quest
7. (Hunting) (of gun dogs or hounds)
a. to search for game
b. to bay when in pursuit of game
8. rare to collect alms
9. (also tr) archaic to go in search of (a thing); seek or pursue
[C14: from Old French queste, from Latin quaesita sought, from quaerere to seek]
ˈquester n
ˈquesting adj
ˈquestingly adv

quest

(kwɛst)

n.
1. a search or pursuit made in order to find or obtain something.
2. an adventurous expedition, as by knights in medieval romances.
3. those engaged in such an expedition.
4. Obs. a jury of inquest.
v.i.
5. to search; seek.
6. to go on a quest.
v.t.
7. to search or seek for; pursue.
[1275–1325; Middle English queste < Old French < Latin quaesīta, feminine past participle of quaerere to seek]
quest′er, n.
quest′ing•ly, adv.

Quest

 a body of persons appointed to hold an enquiry; a collection or donation; a jury, 1549.

Quest

 

go gathering orange blossoms To search for a wife. This expression is derived from the snow-white orange blossom, a popular wedding decoration that symbolizes the innocence of a young bride. The development of this phrase’s figurative sense is obvious. Its use by William E. Norris was cited by James M. Dixon in the latter’s Dictionary of Idiomatic English Phrases (1891):

“What has he come to this lovely retreat for? To gather orange blossoms?”

go in search of the golden fleece To pursue one’s destiny; to seek one’s fortune; to embark on an adventurous quest. This expression’s origin lies in the Greek myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece, in which Jason and a band of cohorts, called the Argonauts after their ship, set forth on a virtually hopeless quest to recover the golden fleece. Jason and his companions were victorious only after numerous perils. Figuratively, this expression is applied to a person who searches against great odds for great fortune.

pound the pavement To walk the streets seeking employment, to be out looking for a job, to go from door to door in search of work; also to pound or hit the sidewalks. The allusion is to feet walking back and forth “beating” the paved street. This American slang expression appeared in one of its variant forms in 0. Henry’s Options (1909):

I’m pounding the asphalt for another job.

set one’s cap for To try to gain the affections of someone to whom one is attracted; to set one’s romantic sights on; to flirt with; to make a play for. In the days when ladies always wore hats in public, a woman would don her most alluring bonnet in hopes of attracting that certain man of her dreams.

Instead of breaking my heart at his indifference, I’ll… set my cap to some newer fashion, and look out for some less difficult admirer. (Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer, 1773)

wild-goose chase See FUTILITY.

quest


Past participle: quested
Gerund: questing

Imperative
quest
quest
Present
I quest
you quest
he/she/it quests
we quest
you quest
they quest
Preterite
I quested
you quested
he/she/it quested
we quested
you quested
they quested
Present Continuous
I am questing
you are questing
he/she/it is questing
we are questing
you are questing
they are questing
Present Perfect
I have quested
you have quested
he/she/it has quested
we have quested
you have quested
they have quested
Past Continuous
I was questing
you were questing
he/she/it was questing
we were questing
you were questing
they were questing
Past Perfect
I had quested
you had quested
he/she/it had quested
we had quested
you had quested
they had quested
Future
I will quest
you will quest
he/she/it will quest
we will quest
you will quest
they will quest
Future Perfect
I will have quested
you will have quested
he/she/it will have quested
we will have quested
you will have quested
they will have quested
Future Continuous
I will be questing
you will be questing
he/she/it will be questing
we will be questing
you will be questing
they will be questing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been questing
you have been questing
he/she/it has been questing
we have been questing
you have been questing
they have been questing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been questing
you will have been questing
he/she/it will have been questing
we will have been questing
you will have been questing
they will have been questing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been questing
you had been questing
he/she/it had been questing
we had been questing
you had been questing
they had been questing
Conditional
I would quest
you would quest
he/she/it would quest
we would quest
you would quest
they would quest
Past Conditional
I would have quested
you would have quested
he/she/it would have quested
we would have quested
you would have quested
they would have quested
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quest - a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteriaquest - a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria; "the pursuit of love"; "life is more than the pursuance of fame"; "a quest for wealth"
wild-goose chase - the fruitless pursuit of something unattainable
search - the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
2.quest - the act of searching for somethingquest - the act of searching for something; "a quest for diamonds"
search, hunting, hunt - the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
Verb1.quest - make a search (for); "Things that die with their eyes open and questing"; "The animal came questing through the forest"
seek - try to get or reach; "seek a position"; "seek an education"; "seek happiness"
2.quest - search the trail of (game); "The dog went off and quested"
dog, give chase, go after, chase, tail, chase after, trail, track, tag - go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit"
3.quest - bark with prolonged noises, of dogsquest - bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
bark - make barking sounds; "The dogs barked at the stranger"
4.quest - seek alms, as for religious purposes
solicit, beg, tap - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
5.quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
communicate, pass along, put across, pass on, pass - transmit information ; "Please communicate this message to all employees"; "pass along the good news"
order - make a request for something; "Order me some flowers"; "order a work stoppage"
ask - make a request or demand for something to somebody; "She asked him for a loan"
encore - request an encore, from a performer
petition - write a petition for something to somebody; request formally and in writing
demand - request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager"
appeal, invoke - request earnestly (something from somebody); ask for aid or protection; "appeal to somebody for help"; "Invoke God in times of trouble"
supplicate - ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer; "supplicate God's blessing"
apply - ask (for something); "He applied for a leave of absence"; "She applied for college"; "apply for a job"
solicit, beg, tap - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"
reserve - obtain or arrange (for oneself) in advance; "We managed to reserve a table at Maxim's"
challenge - ask for identification; "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
beg off, excuse - ask for permission to be released from an engagement
demand - ask to be informed of; "I demand an explanation"
claim - ask for legally or make a legal claim to, as of debts, for example; "They claimed on the maximum allowable amount"
call for, invite - request the participation or presence of; "The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference"
ask in, invite - ask to enter; "We invited the neighbors in for a cup of coffee"
desire - express a desire for
beg - ask to obtain free; "beg money and food"
arrogate, lay claim, claim - demand as being one's due or property; assert one's right or title to; "He claimed his suitcases at the airline counter"; "Mr. Smith claims special tax exemptions because he is a foreign resident"
ask over, ask round, invite - invite someone to one's house; "Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?"
call - call a meeting; invite or command to meet; "The Wannsee Conference was called to discuss the `Final Solution'"; "The new dean calls meetings every week"
ask out, invite out, take out - make a date; "Has he asked you out yet?"
book, reserve, hold - arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance; "reserve me a seat on a flight"; "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"; "please hold a table at Maxim's"

quest

noun
1. search, hunt, mission, enterprise, undertaking, exploration, crusade his quest to find true love
2. expedition, journey, adventure, voyage, pilgrimage Sir Guy the Seeker came on his quest to Dunstanburgh Castle.
in quest of searching for, after, seeking, looking for, in search of, in pursuit of, on the lookout for, chasing after The Puritans became fugitives in quest of liberty.

quest

noun
An attempting to accomplish or attain:
verb
To try to find something:
Translations
بَحْث عَن
hledánívýprava
søgen
leit
meklējumimeklēšana

quest

[kwest]
A. N (lit, fig) → búsqueda f (for de) to go in quest ofir en busca de
B. VI to quest for sthbuscar algo

quest

[ˈkwɛst]
nrecherche f, quête f
quest for sth → recherche de qch, quête de qch
in quest of sth → en quête de qch
quest for
vt fus
to be questing for sth → être en quête de qch, être à la recherche de qch

quest

n (= search)Suche f(for nach); (for knowledge, happiness etc) → Streben nt(for nach); to go in quest of something (old, liter)sich auf die Suche nach etw machen
vi
(old, liter: = seek) → suchen (for nach); to quest for riches/truthnach Reichtümern/der Wahrheit streben
(Hunt) → die Beute aufspüren

quest

[kwɛst] nricerca
in quest of → alla ricerca di, in cerca di

quest

(kwest) noun
a search. the quest for gold; the quest for truth.

quest

n. indagación, búsqueda, pesquisa.
References in classic literature ?
At school we were taught that he had not got so far north as Nebraska, but had given up his quest and turned back somewhere in Kansas.
Quite early in the afternoon she started upon her quest for the pianist.
The hardy colonist, and the trained European who fought at his side, frequently expended months in struggling against the rapids of the streams, or in effecting the rugged passes of the mountains, in quest of an opportunity to exhibit their courage in a more martial conflict.
It was on the first of May, in the year 1769, that I resigned my domestic happiness for a time, and left my family and peaceable habitation on the Yadkin River, in North-Carolina, to wander through the wilderness of America, in quest of the country of Kentucke, in company with John Finley, John Stewart, Joseph Holden, James Monay, and William Cool.
As her rigid and rusty frame goes down upon its hands and knees, in quest of the absconding marbles, we positively feel so much the more inclined to shed tears of sympathy, from the very fact that we must needs turn aside and laugh at her.
Another figure in the scene is the outward-bound sailor, in quest of a protection; or the recently arrived one, pale and feeble, seeking a passport to the hospital.
Indeed, certain of the most authentic historians of those parts, who have been careful in collecting and collating the floating facts concerning this spectre, allege that the body of the trooper having been buried in the churchyard, the ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head, and that the rushing speed with which he sometimes passes along the Hollow, like a midnight blast, is owing to his being belated, and in a hurry to get back to the churchyard before daybreak.
Grose, whom, in the comfort of that theory, I accordingly proceeded in quest of.
Tashtego's long, lean, sable hair, his high cheek bones, and black rounding eyes --for an Indian, Oriental in their largeness, but Antarctic in their glittering expression --all this sufficiently proclaimed him an inheritor of the unvitiated blood of those proud warrior hunters, who, in quest of the great New England moose, had scoured, bow in hand, the aboriginal forests of the main.
The king thought I ought now to set forth in quest of adventures, so that I might gain renown and be the more worthy to meet Sir Sagramor when the several years should have rolled away.
He was on a quest of that kind when he lost his life.
Becky responded to his call, and they made a smoke-mark for future guidance, and started upon their quest.