American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of seeking or pursuing something; a search.
- n. An expedition undertaken in medieval romance by a knight in order to perform a prescribed feat: the quest for the Holy Grail.
- n. Archaic A jury of inquest.
- v. To go on a quest.
- v. To search for game.
- v. To search for; seek.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of seeking; search; pursuit; suit.
- n. An act of searching or seeking, as for a particular object: as, the quest of the holy grail.
- n. A body of searchers collectively; a searching party.
- n. Inquiry; examination.
- n. Request; desire; solicitation; prayer; demand.
- n. A jury of inquest; a sworn body of examiners; also, an inquest.
- To go in search; make search or inquiry; pursue.
- To go begging.
- To give tongue, as a dog on the scent of game.
- To search or seek for; inquire into or examine.
- To announce by giving tongue, as a dog.
- n. Same as queest.
- n. A journey or effort in pursuit of a goal (often lengthy, ambitious, or fervent); a mission.
- v. To seek or pursue a goal; to undertake a mission or job.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit.
- n. Request; desire; solicitation.
- n. Those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively.
- n. Inquest; jury of inquest.
- v. rare To search for; to examine.
- v. rare To go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg.
- v. search the trail of (game)
- n. a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
- v. seek alms, as for religious purposes
- v. bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
- v. make a search (for)
- n. the act of searching for something
- v. express the need or desire for; ask for
- Partly from Anglo-Norman queste, Old French queste ("acquisition, search, hunt"), and partly from their source, Latin quaesta ("tribute, tax, inquiry, search"), noun use of quaesita, the feminine past participle of quaerere ("to ask, seek"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English queste, from Old French, ultimately from Latin quaesta, from feminine of *quaestus, obsolete past participle of quaerere, to seek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The title quest has been driving him, from Pittsburgh to Detroit to Chicago the past few years.”
“The title quest has been driving him, all the way from Pittsburgh to Detroit and Chicago the past few years.”
“This season, coach Brian Kopetsky is hopeful his squad can continue the title quest on several levels.”
“Tony Mowbray is watching his title quest being undermined by negligent defending and if the”
“BERLIN - Olympic champion Angelo Taylor lost an appeal Sunday to be reinstated back into the 400-meter hurdles, ending his title quest at the world championships.”
“Mr. Velasco studied economics at Columbia University, as part of what he calls a quest "to understand how did this happen [to Chile] and how do we make sure it will not happen again.”
“We have seen again and again in modern U.S. politics that to create a compelling narrative of any candidate's major character flaws, his opponents or the media need to find early hints of that flaw, what I call the quest for foreshadowing (see below).”
“I found it quite moving, and not only because the guy on a quest is my friend.”
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“Bible readers, those who search the Bible for themselves, perhaps exemplify the urgency more plainly than readers of Shakespeare, yet the quest is the same.”
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