at the behest of someone

variants: or at someone's behest

Definition of at the behest of someone

formal
:because of being asked or ordered by someone
  • A special meeting will be held at the senator's behest.

Word by Word Definitions

behest play
  1. : an authoritative order : command

  2. : an urgent prompting

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up at the behest of someone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!