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A person's orders or command.‘they had assembled at his behest’‘the slaughter of the male children at the behest of Herod’
instruction, bidding, request, requirement, wish, desirecommand, order, decree, edict, rule, ruling, directive, direction, charge, will, dictate, demand, insistence, injunction, mandate, preceptsay-sorescriptView synonyms
- ‘The early European navigators and explorers mostly undertook their voyages at the behest of kings in search of wealth.’
- ‘To say what was done was done at the behest of officials is totally incorrect.’
- ‘He was merely rebalancing his portfolio, at the behest of his financial adviser.’
- ‘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.’
Old English behǣs a vow from a Germanic base meaning bid; related to hight.
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