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A person's orders or command:‘they had assembled at his behest’
instruction, bidding, request, requirement, wish, desirecommand, order, decree, edict, rule, ruling, directive, direction, charge, will, dictate, demand, insistence, injunction, mandate, preceptsay-sorescriptView synonyms
- ‘He was merely rebalancing his portfolio, at the behest of his financial adviser.’
- ‘The early European navigators and explorers mostly undertook their voyages at the behest of kings in search of wealth.’
- ‘The items were sold at the behest of his descendants and fetched much more than the auctioneers had bargained for.’
- ‘Even if people switch their votes from party to party, election by election it does not follow that they do so at the behest of their daily paper.’
- ‘To say what was done was done at the behest of officials is totally incorrect.’
Old English behǣs ‘a vow’, from a Germanic base meaning bid; related to hight.
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