behest

[ bih-hest ]
/ bɪˈhɛst /

noun

a command or directive.
an earnest or strongly worded request.

Origin of behest

before 1000; Middle English bihest(e), Old English behǣs promise. See be-, hest
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behest

/ (bɪˈhɛst) /

noun

an authoritative order or earnest request

Word Origin for behest

Old English behǣs, from behātan; see be-, hest
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