behest

  • 1 Behest — Be*hest , n. [OE. biheste promise, command, AS. beh[=ae]s promise; pref. be + h[=ae]s command. See {Hest}, {Hight}.] 1. That which is willed or ordered; a command; a mandate; an injunction. [1913 Webster] To do his master s high behest. Sir W.… …

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  • 2 behest — ► NOUN (usu. in phrase at the behest of) literary ▪ a person s order or command. ORIGIN Old English, «a vow» …

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  • 3 Behest — Be*hest , v. t. To vow. [Obs.] Paston. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 behest — index canon, demand, dictate, directive, mandate, order (judicial directive), process (summons), request …

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  • 5 behest — (n.) O.E. behæs a vow, perhaps from behatan to promise (from BE (Cf. be ) + hatan command, call; see CITE (Cf. cite)) and confused with obsolete HEST (Cf. hest) command, which may account for the parasitic t …

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  • 6 behest — n bidding, dictate, injunction, *command, order, mandate Analogous words: precept, rule, *law: request, solicitation (see corresponding verbs at ASK) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 behest — [n] order; personal decree bidding, charge, command, commandment, demand, dictate, direction, expressed desire, injunction, instruction, mandate, order, precept, prompting, request, solicitation, wish, word; concepts 20,53 …

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  • 8 behest — [bē hest′, bihest′] n. [ME bihest (with unhistoric t) < OE behæs, a vow: see BE & HEST] an order, command, or request …

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  • 9 behest — [[t]bɪhe̱st[/t]] behests PHRASE: PHR after v If something is done at someone s behest, it is done because they have ordered or requested it. [FORMAL] In 1970, at his new wife s behest, they moved to Southampton... The policy document was produced …

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  • 10 behest — n. at smb. s behest * * * [bɪ hest] at smb. s behest …

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  • 11 behest — be|hest [bıˈhest] n [: Old English; Origin: behAs promise , from behatan to promise ] at the behest of sb formal because someone has asked for something or ordered something to happen ▪ The committee was set up at the behest of the president …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 behest — noun Etymology: Middle English, promise, command, from Old English behǣs promise, from behātan to promise, from be + hātan to command, promise more at hight Date: 12th century 1. an authoritative order ; command 2. an urgent prompti …

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  • 13 behest — noun /bɪˈhɛst/ A command, bidding; sometimes also, an authoritative request. And young Mr. Fleetwood Vibe was here at the behest of his father, Wall Street eminence Scarsdale Vibe, who was effectively bankrolling the Expedition …

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  • 14 behest — be|hest [ bı hest ] noun at the behest of someone VERY FORMAL because someone has asked for something or said it must happen …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 behest — [bɪ hɛst] noun (usu. at the behest of) literary a person s orders or command. Origin OE behs a vow , from a Gmc base meaning bid …

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  • 16 behest — noun (singular) at the behest of formal because someone has requested or ordered it …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 behest — noun the plan is being pushed through the legislature at the behest of Congressman DeLay Syn: instruction, requirement, demand, insistence, bidding, request, wish, desire, will; command, injunction, order, decree, ruling, directive, mandate;… …

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  • 18 behest — UK [bɪˈhest] / US noun at the behest of someone …

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  • 19 behest — n. literary a command; an entreaty (went at his behest). Etymology: OE behaeligs f. Gmc …

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  • 20 behest — /bi hest /, n. 1. a command or directive. 2. an earnest or strongly worded request. [bef. 1000; ME bihest(e), OE behaes promise. See BE , HEST] Syn. 1. order, bidding, decree, dictate, mandate. * * * …

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