behalf

noun
be·​half | \ bi-ˈhaf How to pronounce behalf (audio) , -ˈhäf, bē-\

Definition of behalf

: interest, benefit also : support, defense argued in his behalf
on behalf of or in behalf of
: in the interest of also : as a representative of I wrote the letter on behalf of my client.

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On Behalf of vs. in Behalf of: Usage Guide

A body of opinion favors in with the "interest, benefit" sense of behalf and on with the "support, defense" sense. This distinction has been observed by some writers but overall has never had a sound basis in actual usage. In current British use, on behalf (of) has replaced in behalf (of); both are still used in American English, but the distinction is frequently not observed.

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Then there’s the gambit of enlisting a family member to chalk up the dough on your behalf. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "The Stealthy Lies People Tell to Cover up Their Plastic Surgery," 26 Feb. 2019 Find advocates to fight or even pay on your behalf. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 Some eyewear stores like LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, and Sears Optical will take old frames and recycle them on your behalf. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Places to Buy Glasses Online in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 Luckily, Meghan has remained entirely unbothered, and is apparently relying on karma to handle things on her behalf. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Yes, That is Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex in a GIF Photobooth at the British Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 In addition, Imagina Media agreed to pay a fine of $12,883,320 on behalf of Imagina US as part of a non-prosecution agreement. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Former Guatemalan soccer head to forfeit $350,000," 5 Feb. 2019 Inmates at a federal jail in Brooklyn were subject to inhumane conditions after an electrical fire left many cells cold and dark for a week, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of detainees Monday against the Bureau of Prisons. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Civil Rights Suit Filed Over ‘Inhumane’ Conditions at Brooklyn Federal Jail," 4 Feb. 2019 Marc Elias, an attorney who brought the redistricting lawsuit on behalf of a group of African-American voters, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday. Denise Lavoie, The Seattle Times, "Court picks Virginia redistricting plan that helps Democrats," 23 Jan. 2019 These included Cohen Private Ventures, which invests on behalf of fund manager Steven A. Cohen. Philip Georgiadis, WSJ, "Metro, Challenger to U.K.’s Banking Establishment, Drops One-Third in Value," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of behalf

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for behalf

Middle English, from by + half half, side

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begunk

be had

behalf

Behan

be hard/tough to beat

Behari

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behalf

noun
be·​half | \ bi-ˈhaf How to pronounce behalf (audio) , -ˈhäf\

Kids Definition of behalf

: a person's interest or support He argued in my behalf.
on behalf of or in behalf of
1 : in the interest of I speak in behalf of my friend.
2 : as a representative of I accepted the award on behalf of the whole class.

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