Definition of behalf in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈhɑːf/


(in phrase on (US also in) behalf of or on someone's/something's behalf)
1In the interests of a person, group, or principle: he campaigned on behalf of the wrongly convicted four
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  • In turn, the organization will negotiate on your behalf for lower interest rates and a more convenient payment option.
  • The hospital is also keen to hear from those interested in fundraising on its behalf.
  • In the previously more common subsidized loan, the state pays the interest on the student 's behalf while he or she is attending school.
in the interests of, in support of, for, for the benefit of, for the good of, for the sake of, to the advantage of, to the profit of, on account of
2As a representative of: he had to attend the funeral on Mama’s behalf
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  • He said: ‘In these circumstances we would ask the local force to attend on our behalf.’
  • Her husband Jack, who attended the ceremony on her behalf, was choked with emotion as he collected her award.
  • Her father, Tom, attended on her behalf.
3On the part of; done by: this wasn’t simply a philanthropic gesture on his behalf
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  • The process took two years to complete and represented an enormous commitment on their behalf.
  • It's a nice gesture on their behalf.
  • This is a huge commitment on their behalf, but in my opinion is an even greater commitment for the wives and children to undertake.
as a representative of, as a spokesperson for, for, in the name of, with power of attorney for, in place of, on the authority of, at the behest of;
appearing for, representing;
in the interests of


Middle English: from a mixture of the earlier phrases on his halve and bihalve him, both meaning 'on his side' (see by, half).

Words that rhyme with behalf

barf, calf, chaff, coif, giraffe, Graf, graph, half, laugh, scarf, scrum half, staff, strafe, wing half

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