- The definition of a behest is a command or a strong request.
An example of behest is a commander's order that soldiers march in a straight line.
Origin: Middle English bihest (with unhistoric -t) ; from Old English behæs, a vow: see be- and amp; hest
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- An authoritative command.
- An urgent request: I called the office at the behest of my assistant.
Origin: Middle English bihest, vow, from Old English behǣs; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots.