Definition of behest in English:

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behest

Pronunciation: /bɪˈhɛst/

noun

literary
A person’s orders or command: they had assembled at his behest
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.
Synonyms
instruction, bidding, request, requirement, wish, desire;
command, order, decree, edict, rule, ruling, directive, direction, charge, will, dictate, demand, insistence, injunction, mandate, precept
informal say-so
rare rescript

Origin

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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