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Meaning of behalf by Wiktionary Dictionary

behalf


    Etymology

    From Middle English ( bihalve, “nearby” )

    Pronunciation

    • ( US ) enPR: bĭ'-hăf, -häf, IPA: /'bɪ.hæf, .hɑf/
    • Rhymes: -ɑːf

    Noun

    behalf ( plural: behalfs or behalves )

    1. Advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support; defense; vindication .

    Derived terms



Explanation of behalf by Wordnet Dictionary

behalf


    Noun
    1. as the agent of or on someone's part

    2. the guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child
      this letter is written on behalf of my client
    3. for someone's benefit

    4. in your behalf
      campaigning in his own behalf
      spoke a good word in his friend's behalf


    Definition of behalf by GCIDE Dictionary

    behalf


    1. Behalf n. [OE. on-behalve in the name of, bihalven by the side of, fr. AS. healf half, also side, part: akin to G. halb half, halber on account of. See Be-, and Half, n.] Advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support; defense; vindication.

      In behalf of his mistress's beauty. Sir P. Sidney.

      Against whom he had contracted some prejudice in behalf of his nation. Clarendon.

      In behalf of, in the interest of. -- On behalf of, on account of; on the part of.