An example of behest is a commander's order that soldiers march in a straight line.
Origin of behestMiddle English bihest (with unhistoric -t) from Old English behæs, a vow: see be- and hest
- An authoritative command.
- An urgent request: I called the office at the behest of my assistant.
Origin of behestMiddle English bihest vow from Old English behǣs ; see keiə- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present behests, present participle behesting, simple past and past participle behested)
From Old English behǣs (“vow, promise”), from Proto-Germanic *bi (“be-”), *haisiz (“command”), from *haitaną (“to command”). Final -t by analogy with other similar words in -t. Related to Old English behātan (“to command, promise”), Middle Low German beheit, behēt (“a promise”). Compare also hest (“command”), hight.