1. The act of seeking, or looking after anything; attempt to find or obtain; search; pursuit; as, to rove in quest of game, of a lost child, of property, etc.
Upon an hard adventure yet in quest. --Spenser.
Cease your quest of love. --Shak.
There ended was his quest, there ceased his care. --Milton.
2. Request; desire; solicitation.
Gad not abroad at every quest and call
Of an untrained hope or passion. --Herbert.
3. Those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively.
The senate hath sent about three several quests to search you out. --Shak.
4. Inquest; jury of inquest.
What lawful quest have given their verdict ? --Shak.
Quest, v. t. To search for; to examine. [R.]
Quest, v. i. To go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg. [R.]
If his questing had been unsuccessful, he appeased the rage of hunger with some scraps of broken meat. --Macaulay.
n 1: 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" [syn: pursuit, pursuance]
2: the act of searching for something; "a quest for diamonds"
v 1: make a search (for); "Things that die with their eyes open
and questing"; "The animal came questing through the
2: search the trail of (game); "The dog went off and quested"
3: bark with prolonged noises, of dogs [syn: bay]
4: seek alms, as for religious purposes
5: express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an
extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
[syn: request, bespeak, call for]