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behest Syllabification: be·hest
Pronunciation: /bəˈhest/

Definition of behest in English:


A person’s orders or command: they had assembled at his behest the slaughter of the male children at the behest of Herod
More example sentences
  • To say what was done was done at the behest of officials is totally incorrect.
  • He was merely rebalancing his portfolio, at the behest of his financial adviser.
  • The items were sold at the behest of his descendants and fetched much more than the auctioneers had bargained for.
instruction, requirement, demand, insistence, bidding, request, wish, desire, will;
informal say-so
rare rescript


Old English behǣs 'a vow', from a Germanic base meaning 'bid'; related to hight.

Words that rhyme with behest

abreast, arrest, attest, beau geste, bequest, best, blessed, blest, breast, Brest, Bucharest, Budapest, celeste, chest, contest, crest, digest, divest, guest, hest, infest, ingest, jest, lest, Midwest, molest, nest, northwest, pest, prestressed, protest, quest, rest, self-addressed, self-confessed, self-possessed, southwest, suggest, test, Trieste, unaddressed, unexpressed, unimpressed, unpressed, unstressed, vest, west, wrest, zest
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