Be hest

behest

[bih-hest]
noun
1.
a command or directive.
2.
an earnest or strongly worded request.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English bihest(e), Old English behǣs promise. See be-, hest


1. order, bidding, decree, dictate, mandate.
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behest (bɪˈhɛst)
 
n
an authoritative order or earnest request
 
[Old English behǣs, from behātan; see be-, hest]

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behest
O.E. behæs "a vow," perhaps from behatan "to promise" (from be- + hatan "command, call;" see cite) and confused with obsolete hest "command," which may account for the parasitic -t as well as the M.E. shift in meaning to "command, injunction" (late 12c.).
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