Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to behalf: on your behalf, on his behalf
Interest, support, or benefit.
on/in behalf of
1. As the agent of; on the part of.
2. For the benefit of; in the interest of.
[Middle English, from Old English be healfe, by (his) side : be, by, at; see by1 + healf, side, half; see half.]
Usage Note: A traditional rule holds that in behalf of and on behalf of have distinct meanings. According to this rule, in behalf of means "for the benefit of," as in We raised money in behalf of the earthquake victims, while its counterpart on behalf of means "as the agent of, on the part of," as in The guardian signed the contract on behalf of the child. But as the two meanings are quite close, the phrases are often used interchangeably, even by reputable writers. Statistically, on behalf of is used far more frequently than in behalf of, and in fact the Usage Panel prefers on behalf of for both meanings. In our 2004 survey, 87 percent of the Panel preferred on behalf of in the sentence The lawyer spoke to the media (in behalf of/on behalf of) his client, conforming to the traditional rule for using on behalf of. But some 75 percent also preferred on behalf of in the sentence After sitting silently as one complaint after another was raised, he finally spoke up (in behalf of/on behalf of) his kid's coach, where the speaker is less of a spokesperson than an ad-hoc defender, and so the meaning "in defense of, for the benefit of" is a better fit, and the traditional rule therefore would require in behalf of. All this suggests that on behalf of may be generally supplanting in behalf of.
interest, part, benefit, or respect (only in the phrases on (someone's) behalf, on or US and Canadian in behalf of, in this (or that) behalf)
[Old English be halfe from be by + halfe side; compare Old Norse af halfu]
Usage: On behalf of is sometimes wrongly used where on the part of is intended. The distinction is that on behalf of someone means 'for someone's benefit' or 'representing someone', while on the part of someone can be roughly paraphrased as 'by someone'. So, the following example is incorrect: another act of apparent negligence, this time not on behalf of the company itself, but on behalf of its banker, when what was meant was there was negligence by the company's banker
1. in or on behalf of, as a representative of or a proxy for.
2. in or on someone's behalf, in someone's interests.
[1400–50; late Middle English; Middle English bihalve]
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||behalf - as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of"); "the guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child"; "this letter is written on behalf of my client";|
|2.||behalf - for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive); "in your behalf"; "campaigning in his own behalf"; "spoke a good word in his friend's behalf"|
on something or someone's behalf or on behalf of something or someone
1. as a representative of, representing, in the name of, as a spokesperson for She made an emotional public appeal on her son's behalf. On behalf of my wife and myself, I'd like to thank you all.
2. for the benefit of, for the sake of, in support of, on the side of, in the interests of, on account of, for the good of, in defence of, to the advantage of, for the profit of The honour recognizes work done on behalf of classical theatre. The pupils were enthusiastic in their fund-raising efforts on the charity's behalf.
Usage: On behalf of is sometimes wrongly used as an alternative to on the part of. The distinction is that on behalf of someone means `for someone's benefit' or `representing someone', while on the part of someone can be roughly paraphrased as `by someone'.
í nafni e-s
kieno nors naudaikieno nors vardu
behalf[bɪˈhæf bɪˈhɑːf] n
on sb's behalf (British) in sb's behalf (US) (= for) → pour qn
I felt offended on her behalf → J'en étais offensé pour elle. (= as representative of) → au nom de qn
to accept sth on sb's behalf → accepter qch au nom de qn
to speak on sb's behalf → parler au nom de qn
to write on sb's behalf → écrire de la part de qn
to campaign on sb's behalf → mener une campagne pour qn
on behalf of (British) in behalf of (US) (= for) [+ person, organization] → pour (= as representative of) → au nom de
on behalf of my mother, I → au nom de ma mère, je ... (= as spokesperson for)
I approached him on behalf of the committee → Je l'ai contacté de la part du comité.
behalf(biˈhaːf) : on behalf of (someone)
for, or in the interests of. on behalf of all our members; I'm collecting on behalf of the blind. namens بِالنّيابَةِ عَن от нечие име em nome de jménem; ve prospěch, pro zugunsten på vegne af; til fordel for εκ μέρους κπ. en nombre de; en beneficio de (kellegi) poolt, (kellegi) heaks به نمایندگی از؛ از سوی puolesta au nom de, pour בשם, מטעם के वास्ते za, zbog vki nevében, helyett; vki érdekében, vki számára atas nama í nafni e-s a favore di ～のために ...을 대신하여 kieno nors vardu, kieno nors naudai kāda vārdā bagi pihak uit naam van, ten behoeve vanpå vegne av w czyimś imieniu خوا، پلو a favor de în numele, pentru от лица; от имени v mene v imenu, za u ime för ngns skull, å ngns vägnar ในนามของ adına 代表 від імені; в інтересах کی جانب سے nhân danh 代表
n. en beneficio, a favor;
on your ___ → a su favor, por usted.