Etymology
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quest (n.)

c. 1300, "an inquest, a judicial inquiry;" early 14c., "a search for something, the act of seeking, pursuit" (especially in reference to hounds seeking game in the hunt), from Old French queste "search, quest, chase, hunt, pursuit; inquest, inquiry" (12c., Modern French quête), properly "the act of seeking," and directly from Medieval Latin questa "search, inquiry," alteration of Latin quaesitus (fem. quaesita) "sought-out, select," past participle of quaerere "seek, gain, ask" (see query (n.)).

The medieval romance sense of "adventure undertaken by a knight" (especially the search for the Grail) is attested from late 14c. Chaucer has questmonger (late 14c.), "one who profits from an unjust action at law."

quest (v.)

mid-14c., questen, "to seek game, hunt" (in reference to dogs, etc.), from quest (n.) and from Old French quester "to search, hunt," from queste (n.). Related: Quested; questing. Of persons, in the general sense of "go in search, make inquiry," by 1620s. Of hunting dogs, "to bark, bay," as when on the scent of game, mid-14c., hence the questing beast, fabulous animal in Arthurian romances, which was so-called according to Malory for the sound it made:

I am the knyght that folowyth the glatysaunte beste, that is in Englysh to sey the questynge beste, for the beste quested in the bealy with suche a noyse as hit had bene a thirty couple of howndis. ["Le Morte Darthur"]

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Definitions of quest
1
quest (v.)
make a search (for);
Things that die with their eyes open and questing
The animal came questing through the forest
quest (v.)
search the trail of (game);
The dog went off and quested
quest (v.)
bark with prolonged noises, of dogs;
Synonyms: bay
quest (v.)
seek alms, as for religious purposes;
quest (v.)
express the need or desire for;
Synonyms: request / ask for / bespeak / call for
2
quest (n.)
a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria;
a quest for wealth
Synonyms: pursuit / pursuance
quest (n.)
the act of searching for something;
a quest for diamonds
Synonyms: seeking
From wordnet.princeton.edu