noun \bi-ˈhest, bē-\

Definition of BEHEST

:  an authoritative order :  command
:  an urgent prompting <called at the behest of my friends>

Examples of BEHEST

  1. <I only made the change at the author's behest.>

Origin of BEHEST

Middle English, promise, command, from Old English behǣs promise, from behātan to promise, from be- + hātan to command, promise — more at hight
First Known Use: 12th century


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