Definitions for quest
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word quest.
pursuit, pursuance, questnoun
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"
the act of searching for something
"a quest for diamonds"
make a search (for)
"Things that die with their eyes open and questing"; "The animal came questing through the forest"
search the trail of (game)
"The dog went off and quested"
bark with prolonged noises, of dogs
seek alms, as for religious purposes
request, bespeak, call for, questverb
express the need or desire for; ask for
"She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
A journey or effort in pursuit of a goal (often lengthy, ambitious, or fervent); a mission.
To seek or pursue a goal; to undertake a mission or job.
Etymology: Partly from queste, queste, and partly from their source, quaesta, noun use of quaesita, the feminine past participle of quaerere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: queste, Fr.
None but such as this bold ape unblest,
Can ever thrive in that unlucky quest. Hubberd’s Tale.
If lusty love should go in quest of beauty,
Where should he find it fairer than in Blanch. William Shakespeare.
Fair silver buskin’d nymphs,
I know this quest of yours and free intent
Was all in honour and devotion meant,
To the great mistress of your princely shrine. John Milton.
An aged man in rural weeds,
Following, as seem’d, the quest of some stray ewe. John Milton.
One for all
Myself expose, with lonely steps to tread
Th’ unfounded deep, and the void immense
To search with wand’ring quest a place foretold
Should be. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.
Since first break of dawn, the fiend,
Mere serpent in appearance, forth was come,
And on his quest, where likeliest he might find
The only two of mankind. John Milton.
’Twould be not strange, should we find Paradise at this day where Adam left it; and I the rather note this, because I see there are some so earnest in quest of it. John Woodward.
There’s not an African,
That traverses our vast Numidian desarts
In quest of prey, and lives upon his bow,
But better practises these boasted virtues. Joseph Addison, Cato.
We see them active and vigilant in quest of delight. Spect.
What’s my offence?
Where is the evidence, that doth accuse me?
What lawful quest have given their verdict up
Unto the frowning judge. William Shakespeare, Richard III.
You have been hotly call’d for,
When, being not at your lodging to be found,
The senate sent above three several quests
To search you out. William Shakespeare, Othello.
O place and greatness! millions of false eyes
Are stuck upon thee; volumes of report
Run with these false and most contrarious quests
Upon thy doings. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.
Gad not abroad at every quest and call
Of an untrained hope or passion. George Herbert.
To go in search.
Etymology: quêter, Fr. from the noun.
A quest is a journey toward a specific mission or a goal. The word serves as a plot device in mythology and fiction: a difficult journey towards a goal, often symbolic or allegorical. Tales of quests figure prominently in the folklore of every nation and ethnic culture. In literature, the object of a quest requires great exertion on the part of the hero, who must overcome many obstacles, typically including much travel. The aspect of travel allows the storyteller to showcase exotic locations and cultures (an objective of the narrative, not of the character). The object of a quest may also have supernatural properties, often leading the protagonist into other worlds and dimensions. The moral of a quest tale often centers on the changed character of the hero.
A quest refers to a long or arduous search for something, often something of significant value or importance. This could be a tangible object, a piece of knowledge, or a metaphorical or spiritual goal. In literature and storytelling, a quest often forms the central plot, driving the main character towards a specific goal.
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
request; desire; solicitation
those who make search or inquiry, taken collectively
inquest; jury of inquest
to search for; to examine
to go on a quest; to make a search; to go in pursuit; to beg
Etymology: [OF. queste, F. qute, fr. L. quaerere, quaesitum, to seek for, to ask. Cf. Query, Question.]
In mythology and literature, a quest, a journey towards a goal, serves as a plot device and as a symbol. Quests appear in the folklore of every nation and also figure prominently in non-national cultures. In literature, the objects of quests require great exertion on the part of the hero, and the overcoming of many obstacles, typically including much travel. The aspect of travel also allows the storyteller to showcase exotic locations and cultures.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kwest, n. the act of seeking: search: pursuit: a searching party: a jury of inquest: inquiry, investigation: request or desire.—v.i. to go in search of, to go begging: to give tongue, as a dog after game.—ns. Quest′ant, Quest′er (Shak.), one who seeks after anything, a candidate.—adj. Quest′ful. [O. Fr. queste (Fr. quête)—L. quæsita (res), a thing sought—quærĕre, quæsitum, to seek.]
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Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Quest is ranked #35582 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Quest surname appeared 632 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Quest.
78.8% or 498 total occurrences were White.
14.4% or 91 total occurrences were Black.
2.8% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
2.6% or 17 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of quest in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of quest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
All the signs are good for a great run 2, in the grand scheme of things, a few weeks delay in humankind's quest to understand our universe is little more than the blink of an eye.
The American experience stirred mankind from discovery to exploration, from the cautious quest for what they knew (or what they thought they knew) was out there, to an enthusiastic reaching to the unknown.
Not only do you not reap the benefits, it makes things worse, the quest for resources becomes a part of the division and fuels further division.
The quest for resources becomes a part of the division and fuels further division.
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
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Translations for quest
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- Queste, SucheGerman
- ανα, αναζήτησηGreek
- recherche, quêteFrench
- sireadhScottish Gaelic
- 探求, 探索Japanese
- quest, inquisitio, investigatio, indagatio, scrutatioLatin
- streeftocht, zoektochtDutch
- poszukiwania, poszukiwaniePolish
- strävan, uppdrag, resa, målSwedish
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