Definition of behalf in English:



  • 1In the interests of a person, group, or principle.

    ‘he campaigned on behalf of the wrongly convicted four’
    • ‘Would you please let me know if you have authority from your principal to accept service of process on its behalf.’
    • ‘There were so many prayers that were offered and we're so grateful to everyone for all that they did on Elizabeth's behalf and on our behalf.’
    • ‘In the previously more common subsidized loan, the state pays the interest on the student 's behalf while he or she is attending school.’
    • ‘The hospital is also keen to hear from those interested in fundraising on its behalf.’
    • ‘The full mortgage repayment, including interest and capital, is paid on their behalf.’
    • ‘Many of our California members worked hard on my behalf, and I want to thank them for their assistance.’
    • ‘Water voles are making a comeback in East Yorkshire, thanks to backing from farmers and landowners for a campaign on their behalf.’
    • ‘That means if someone starts to campaign on their behalf, so to speak, and breaks the rules, they can be held liable.’
    • ‘In turn, the organization will negotiate on your behalf for lower interest rates and a more convenient payment option.’
    • ‘Speaking through an interpreter, he told the Daily Echo: ‘Thank you to everyone who has campaigned on my behalf.’’
    in the interests of, in support of, for, for the benefit of, for the good of, for the sake of, to the advantage of, to the profit of, on account of
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  • 2As a representative of.

    ‘he had to attend the funeral on Mama's behalf’
    • ‘Daniel, who was on holiday in France and could not attend, sent his father to accept the award on his behalf.’
    • ‘On behalf of my family, I'd like to express our deep appreciation for the overwhelming care and sympathy we have received.’
    • ‘On behalf of my colleagues it gives me pleasure to welcome Mark on to the Board of Directors.’
    • ‘Your surveyor or solicitor can attend the sale and bid on your behalf.’
    • ‘I'm selling this on behalf of my soon-to-be Mother-in-Law (who doesn't "get" eBay).’
    • ‘I am writing on behalf of my partner.’
    • ‘Her father, Tom, attended on her behalf.’
    • ‘He traveled to Madrid with one of the couple's children to accept an award on his wife's behalf.’
    • ‘On behalf of my family and my father, I'd like to thank the council and the city of Los Angeles for this great honor.’
    • ‘He said: ‘In these circumstances we would ask the local force to attend on our behalf.’’
    • ‘Her husband Jack, who attended the ceremony on her behalf, was choked with emotion as he collected her award.’
    as a representative of, as a spokesperson for, for, in the name of, with power of attorney for, in place of, on the authority of, at the behest of
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  • 3On the part of; done by.

    ‘this wasn't simply a philanthropic gesture on his behalf’
    • ‘It's a nice gesture on their behalf.’
    • ‘It is a gesture of goodwill on behalf of the retailer to allow the sweater to be changed for one of a different colour or size.’
    • ‘This is a huge commitment on their behalf, but in my opinion is an even greater commitment for the wives and children to undertake.’
    • ‘The process took two years to complete and represented an enormous commitment on their behalf.’
    • ‘This represents a compromise on behalf of the surgeon.’
    as a representative of, as a spokesperson for, for, in the name of, with power of attorney for, in place of, on the authority of, at the behest of
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Middle English: from a mixture of the earlier phrases on his halve and bihalve him, both meaning ‘on his side’ (see by, half).