Definition of behest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

behest

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//bɪˈhest//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhest//
 
[singular]
 
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Word Origin Old English behǣs ‘a vow’, from a Germanic base meaning ‘bid’.Idioms
at somebody’s behest
 
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(old use or formal) because somebody has ordered or requested it at the King’s behest/at the behest of the King
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