- a command or directive.
- an earnest or strongly worded request.
Origin of behest
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1. order, bidding, decree, dictate, mandate.
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Examples from the Web for behest
Jackson declined to comment on the case, saying it was at the behest of his lawyer.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
The pair were working at the behest of a human-rights organization called the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD).World Cup Watchdogs Go Missing in Qatar
September 5, 2014
I explained I was in the country at the behest of the Department of State, as a kind of cultural ambassador.GOP Hypocrisy: Outraged Over Benghazi, Silent on Iraq
May 11, 2014
Or the time he ran and hid—at his mother's behest—during the Battle of the Blackwater.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding
April 14, 2014
The following day, Magnitsky was arrested at the behest of Lt. Col. Kuznetsov.Moscow’s Long, Corrupt Money Trail
March 22, 2014
"I'm no trunk to be shipped hither and thither at someone's behest," I said.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
That was easily done; but what should be done as to the other behest?Is He Popenjoy?
And if ye give me my life, I will be your man and do your behest.'King Arthur's Knights
Such is the behest of Providence; there are compulsions linked to treason.Napoleon the Little
To have died at your behest at the instant would have been as nothing.The Fixed Period
- an authoritative order or earnest request
Old English behǣs, from behātan; see be-, hest
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Word Origin and History for behest
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