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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The trip will take place in late April, and is being made at the request of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and on behalf of the Queen, who serves as monarch of the island nation. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William Will Travel to New Zealand to Pay Tribute to the Victims of the Attack in Christchurch," 27 Mar. 2019 Prince William will be traveling to New Zealand in late April on behalf of the Queen to honor the victims of the Christchurch shootings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could Prince William Miss the Birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby?," 27 Mar. 2019 The pilots never had any idea they were supposed to be flying to Germany: The flight was operated by German leasing company WDL Aviation on behalf of the British Airways subsidiary airline BA CityFlyer. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A British Airways Flight From London to Germany Accidentally Landed in Scotland," 25 Mar. 2019 And everyone's doing it, even on behalf of their pets! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Now Pet Owners Are Giving Their Dogs and Cats the Marie Kondo Treatment," 11 Mar. 2019 Black women from eight different countries, all Georgia domestic workers, did outreach on behalf of the organization’s political-action arm, Care in Action, and were Abrams’s biggest canvassing team. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 This [bill] would require companies to do the right thing on behalf of the American consumer without the consumer having to self-advocate all the time. Ivana Rihter, Vogue, "Are Your Beauty Products Toxic? A New Senate Bill Aims to Tackle Unregulated Ingredients," 9 Mar. 2019 There are also countrywide organizations like the National Patient Advocate Foundation, which has no-cost case managers to help advocate on behalf of patients. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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

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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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