Definition of behest in English:

behest

noun

literary
  • A person's orders or command:

    ‘they had assembled at his behest’
    • ‘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.’
    instruction, bidding, request, requirement, wish, desire
    command, order, decree, edict, rule, ruling, directive, direction, charge, will, dictate, demand, insistence, injunction, mandate, precept
    say-so
    rescript
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Origin

Old English behǣs ‘a vow’, from a Germanic base meaning bid; related to hight.

Pronunciation

behest

/bɪˈhɛst/