Part of speech: verb

To vow.

Part of speech: noun

An authoritative request; command.

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Usage examples "behest":

  1. Peace be to them; eternal peace and rest, And the fulfilment of the great behest: " Ye have been faithful over a few things, Over ten cities shall ye reign as kings." - "The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  2. I will not see her, were she ten times a witch, since she is of his nation and surely comes at his behest. - "A Book of Quaker Saints", Lucy Violet Hodgkin.
  3. One of these men ran away to fetch a hackney- coach at Mr. Audley's behest, and reappeared presently, urging on a pair of horses- which were so small as to suggest the idea that they had been made out of one ordinary- sized animal- with wild shrieks and whoops that had a demoniac sound in the darkness. - "Lady Audley's Secret", Mary Elizabeth Braddon.