Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To vow, promise (someone).
  • v. To be designated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vow; a promise.
  • transitive v. To promise; to vow.
  • transitive v. To give in trust; to commit; to intrust.
  • transitive v. To adjudge; to assign by authority.
  • transitive v. To mean, or intend.
  • transitive v. To consider or esteem to be; to declare to be.
  • transitive v. To call; to name; to address.
  • transitive v. To command; to order.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To promise; vow.
  • To call; name.
  • To address.
  • To pronounce; declare to be.
  • To mean; intend.
  • To commit; intrust.
  • To adjudge.
  • To command; ordain.
  • To address one's self.
  • n. A promise; vow; pledge.

Etymologies

From Middle English beheten, behoten (preterit behighte), from Old English behātan ("to promise, vow, pledge oneself, threaten") (preterit behēhte), corresponding to be- +‎ hight. Cognate with Scots beheit, behecht ("to promise, vow"), Middle High German beheizen ("to promise"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Behight v. t. (past behight; past part. behight, behoten)

    November 14, 2011