behest behest  /bɪ ˈhɛst/


  • (n) an authoritative command or request


  1. At the GOP leadership's behest, Wilson called the White House that night to apologize.
  2. The prime minister's coalition, in fact, made a pre-election pledge, at the behest of radical cleric Moqtada Sadr, to refrain from recognizing Israel.


  1. Jeb Bush gives pep talk to House GOP on immigration

    The former governor said he spoke to Republicans about the need for reform at the behest of Rep. Kevin McCarthy. Read more...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Hill

  2. AG: No comment on arcade probe

    DANVERS -- With little explanation, state and local police, at the behest of the attorney general's office, on Tuesday shut down the Lucky 7 Arcades in Danvers and Gloucester. Danvers officials had the business at the Liberty Tree Mall under scrutiny
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Salem News

  3. Killeen City Council denies request to rezone property

    At the behest of more than 30 residents Tuesday, the Killeen City Council denied a request to allow a convenience store to open in the rural, south Killeen neighborhood known as the “doughnut hole.”
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Killeen Daily Herald


  1. "True to the behest of the president, we will build a powerful and prosperous nation on this land at any cost, highly upholding our respected general" Kim Jong Il, said Kim Ryong Il, another Pyongyang resident.
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Kim Jong Il Source: The Associated Press

  2. The Obama campaign accused Gramm of inserting a provision into a bill in late 2000 "at the behest of Enron lobbyists" that exempted some energy traders from government oversight.
    on Jun 22, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. FORMER Labor prime minister Paul Keating says current Labor boss Kevin Rudd lacks a clear message and is "running at the behest of little press secretaries".
    on Aug 6, 2008 By: Paul Keating Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

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