Word Origin Middle English: from a mixture of the earlier phrases on his halve and bihalve him, both meaning ‘on his side’ (see by, half).Idioms
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BrE BrE//bɪˈhɑːf//; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhæf//
(US English) in order to help somebody We collected money in behalf of the homeless.
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- 1 as the representative of somebody or instead of them On behalf of the department I would like to thank you all. Mr Knight cannot be here, so his wife will accept the prize on his behalf.
- 2 in order to help somebody They campaigned on behalf of asylum seekers.
- 3because of somebody; for somebody Don't worry on my behalf.
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