American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An authoritative command.
- n. An urgent request: I called the office at the behest of my assistant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which is willed or ordered; a command; a mandate; an injunction.
- n. obsolete A vow; a promise.
- v. obsolete To vow.
- n. an authoritative command or request
- From Old English behǣs ("vow, promise"), from Proto-Germanic *bi (“be-”), *haisiz (“command”), from *haitanan (“to command”). Final -t by analogy with other similar words in -t. Related to Old English behātan ("to command, promise"), Middle Low German beheit, behēt ("a promise"). Compare also hest ("command"), hight. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English bihest, vow, from Old English behǣs; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“So the idea that Congress passed the NASA authorization act at Griffin's behest is ludricous.”
“The fact that the rest of the counrtry begrudges an interstate on-ramp, bridge or courthouse at Bob Byrd’s behest is galling considering how little has been spent on the region in the past.”
“An thou pass safely through this period, thou shalt win to high rank and succeed to thy sire’s reign; but an things go otherwise then the behest is with Allah from the beginning to the end thereof.”
“He placed on the FPPC's website spreadsheets detailing so-called behest contributions, in which politicians funnel large donations to their pet charities from special interests.”
“Now they are saying that the post-mortem report was also doctored at Rathore's behest, which is totally wrong," she said, adding Girhotra did not inform the Panchkula police before taking his daughter to the PGI in Chandigarh.”
“GM's Rick Wagoner ostensibly stepped down at the president's "behest," a euphemism for”
“Surely acting at the behest of Tehran, the Iraqi Prime Minister ordered the deadly assault.”
“While the birthers and state-house hacks obsess over his convoluted neonatal underpinnings, far greater matters percolate at the President's behest.”
“At Karen's behest, we first made our way to Zabriskie Point, a must-see for the eponymous 1970 Michelangelo Antonioni film that failed to define a generation, but was suitably psychedelic for the times.”
“He would return a number of press calls, some at the behest of the press office.”
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