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Quest, 1) search: with all due diligence that horse and sail and high expense can stead the q. Per. III Prol. 21. in q. or in the q. of == in search of: Err. I, 1, 130. I, 2, 40. == a body of searchers: “the senate hath sent about three several --s to search you out,” Oth. I, 2, 46 (cf. search in I, 1, 159).
2) pursuit, suit: “cease your q. of love,” Lr. I, 1, 196. “had, having, and in q. to have, extreme,” Sonn. 129, 10. “many Jasons come in q. of her,” Merch. I, 1, 172. “go in q. of beauty,” John II, 426.
3) inquiry: “volumes of report run with these false and most contrarious--s upon thy doings,” Meas. IV, 1, 62.
4) inquest, jury: “to cide this title is impanneled a q. of thoughts,” Sonn. 46, 10. “what lawful q. have given their verdict up,” R3 I, 4, 189. “crowner's q. law,” Hml. V, 1, 24.
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