Examples from the Web for behest
Jackson declined to comment on the case, saying it was at the behest of his lawyer.
The pair were working at the behest of a human-rights organization called the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD).
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|Jay Parini|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The following day, Magnitsky was arrested at the behest of Lt. Col. Kuznetsov.
I have disobeyed your behest; but you know not how I have been urged, and my pained soul cannot support the repetition.The Sylph, Volume I and II|Georgiana Cavendish
Why, he had asked himself, should he run about London at the behest of Séverac Bablon?The Sins of Sverac Bablon|Sax Rohmer
I convinced him that I had come at the behest of Flora Desimone.The Place of Honeymoons|Harold MacGrath
Neither of the two frightened women stirred hand or foot to fulfil the master's behest.A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
It would have been useless to tell him so, for he would not have obeyed the behest contained in such an assertion.Marion Fay|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for behest
Word Origin for behest
Word Origin and History for behest
Old English behæs "a vow," perhaps from behatan "to promise" (from be- + hatan "command, call;" see cite) and confused with obsolete hest "command," which may account for the parasitic -t as well as the Middle English shift in meaning to "command, injunction" (late 12c.).