Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic Command; behest.

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  • n. Command, injunction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Command; precept; injunction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A command; bidding; injunction; behest.
  • n. A promise.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, alteration of hes, from Old English hǣs; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.

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Middle English, alteration of Middle English hes from Old English hǣs ("command"). Akin to Old English hātan "to command". More at hight

Examples

  • Tankens vingede hest letter, flyver op fra hjernens uendelighed, kaster lys

    Thought's winged horse

  • Becker's voice hailed Mac from his hest modification.

    Massage

  • Kenneth, “to debate thine hest;” and swallowed the narcotic, mingled as it was with some water from the spring, then wrapped him in the haik, or Arab cloak, which had been fastened to his saddle-pommel, and, according to the directions of the physician, stretched himself at ease in the shade to await the promised repose.

    The Talisman

  • Away to the harbour and the tents, my friends, to prove the toils of slavery! for such is fate's relentless hest.

    Hecuba

  • Musa passed on to the third tablet, whereon was written, O son of Adam, the things of this world thou lovest and prizest and the hest of thy Lord thou spurnest and despisest.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • My heart obeyed my hest and soon forgot thy memory,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • “I hear and obey thy hest,” answered he; and she began to tell in these words,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Peace be on those who follow in the way of Salvation, fearing the issues of fornication, and obey the hest of the Most High King, Lord of this world and the next, Him who saith to a thing, ‘Be’; and it becometh!

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • His Fate, for creatures works and none His hest gainsays,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The slaves answered, “We hearken to thy hest and obey thy order.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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