behest[bē hest′, bi-]
- 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 of behestMiddle English bihest (with unhistoric -t) ; from Old English behæs, a vow: see be- and amp; 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 beh&aemac;s; see kei&schwa;- 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.