Origin of behestMiddle English bihest (with unhistoric -t) from Old English behæs, a vow: see be- and hest
An example of behest is a commander's order that soldiers march in a straight line.
- 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.
- Simmons started her first modeling class at the age of 11, at the behest of her mother, who hoped it would help her gain confidence and overcome the bullies.
- Although it may be assumed that men wearing the costumes are doing so at behest of female friends or companions, they are nonetheless desiring the look and a few costumers have stepped up to help them out.
- Goddard initially portrayed Cane Ashby as a loner bartender who then impersonated Phillip Chancellor III at the original character's behest.
- By age 15, Gisele had caught "modeling fever", and at the behest of her father moved to New York to start working in runway fashion shows.
- On a whim, and at the behest of a friend, pictures of the stunning brunette were sent to a British modeling agency.