Definition of behest in English:


Syllabification: be·hest
Pronunciation: /bəˈhest


A person’s orders or command: they had assembled at his behest the slaughter of the male children at the behest of Herod
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  • 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.

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