behest


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be·hest

 (bĭ-hĕst′)
n.
1. An authoritative command.
2. An urgent request: I called the office at the behest of my assistant.

[Middle English bihest, vow, from Old English behǣs; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.]

behest

(bɪˈhɛst)
n
an authoritative order or earnest request
[Old English behǣs, from behātan; see be-, hest]

be•hest

(bɪˈhɛst)

n.
1. a command; directive.
2. an earnest request.
[before 1000; Middle English bihest(e), Old English behǣs promise. See be-, hest]

behest

, request - Behest is a stronger term than request.
See also related terms for request.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.behest - an authoritative command or request
bid, bidding, command, dictation - an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

behest

noun
at someone's behest at someone's command, by someone's order, at someone's demand, at someone's wish, by someone's decree, at someone's bidding, at someone's instruction, by someone's mandate, at someone's dictate, at someone's commandment He did it at his wife's behest.

behest

noun
An authoritative indication to be obeyed:
Translations

behest

[bɪˈhest] N (frm) at his behesta petición suya

behest

[bɪˈhɛst] n
at sb's behest, at the behest of sb → sur l'ordre de qn

behest

n (liter)Geheiß nt (liter); at his behest/the behest of his uncleauf sein Geheiß (liter)/auf Geheiß seines Onkels (liter)

behest

[bɪˈhɛst] n at his behestsu suo ordine
References in classic literature ?
But it is an error to suppose that our great forefathers -- though accustomed to speak and think of human existence as a state merely of trial and warfare, and though unfeignedly prepared to sacrifice goods and life at the behest of duty -- made it a matter of conscience to reject such means of comfort, or even luxury, as lay fairly within their grasp.
Then, signior, I lay on you my sovereign behest to furbish up your lungs and other vocal organs, as they will be wanted on my royal service.
I had received no thanks for my other service; and being unwilling to run to and fro at his behest, I replied - 'Nobody is out there but Joseph.
Haste hither EVE, and worth thy sight behold Eastward among those Trees, what glorious shape Comes this way moving; seems another Morn Ris'n on mid-noon; som great behest from Heav'n To us perhaps he brings, and will voutsafe This day to be our Guest.
And so, obedient to her son's behest, the old woman hobbled off to the palace, and, without being hindered, reached the courtyard, and began to mount the flight of steps leading to the royal presence chamber.
I would much rather not have told her anything of my antecedents, but no man could look into the depth of those eyes and refuse her slightest behest.
My God, whose Son, as on this night, took on Him the form of man, and for man vouchsafed to suffer and bleed, controls thy hand, and without His behest thou canst not strike a stroke.
She pushed me in that direction; yet, no sooner did I make a movement to obey her behest than she burst into laughter, and I remained beside her, and she embraced me.
At thy behest I will shake off that nature Which from my, forefathers I did inherit, Which with my mother's milk I did imbibe, And be no more Politian, but some other.
Did I not, even at the time when I was proud to obey her behest, feel that it was surely a poor love which could drive a lover to his death or the danger of it?
Did not her mighty messenger, the ancient Iss, bear you upon her leaden bosom at your own behest to the Valley Dor?
Accordingly, though with much misgiving, I did his ticklish behest in Fleet Street, where, despite my past, I was already making a certain lowly footing for myself.