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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To go on a quest.
  • intransitive v. To search for game.
  • transitive v. To search for; seek.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To search for; to examine.
  • intransitive v. To go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
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)

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