Behalf
Behalf Be*half", 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. [1913 Webster]

In behalf of his mistress's beauty. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Against whom he had contracted some prejudice in behalf of his nation. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

{In behalf of}, in the interest of.

{On behalf of}, on account of; on the part of. [1913 Webster]


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  • behalf — is now used in BrE only in the phrase on behalf of (AmE in behalf of), which means (1) ‘in the interests of’, and (2) ‘as a representative of’ • (He used to make payments and pick up money on behalf of Mafia mobsters Times, 1982). It should not… …   Modern English usage

  • behalf — [bē haf′, bēhäf′; bihaf′, bihäf′] n. [ME, in phrase on (mi) behalfe, on (my) side < OE be, BY + healf, HALF, side] support, interest, side, etc. [I speak in his behalf] in behalf of or on behalf of in the interest of; for on behalf of speaking …   English World dictionary

  • behalf — ► NOUN (in phrase on (US also in) behalf of or on someone s behalf) 1) in the interests of a person, group, or principle. 2) as a representative of. ORIGIN from a mixture of the earlier phrases on his halve and bihalve him, both meaning «on his… …   English terms dictionary

  • behalf — noun account, advantage, advocacy, aid, aidance, assistance, auspices, avail, behoof, benefaction, benefit, benevolence, betterment, boon, contribution, countenance, defense, endowment, expedience, favor, furtherance, gift, good, help,… …   Law dictionary

  • behalf — c.1300, behalve (with dative suffix), from O.E. (him) be healfe by (his) side, and on (his) healfe on (his) side, from healfe side (see HALF (Cf. half)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • behalf — [n] personal interest account, advantage, aid, assistance, benefit, cause, concern, countenance, defense, encouragement, favor, furtherance, good, help, part, place, profit, recommendation, representation, sake, service, side, stead, support,… …   New thesaurus

  • behalf — 01. I would like to thank you on [behalf] of myself and my colleagues. 02. Dong Mi presented a gift to the secretary on [behalf] of the office staff. 03. I can t go to the farewell dinner tomorrow, so could you say good bye to Wynona on my… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • behalf — /bəˈhaf / (say buh hahf), /bi / (say bee ) phrase 1. on someone s behalf, Also, US, in someone s behalf. in someone s interest; in aid of someone: to increase one s efforts on someone s behalf. 2. on behalf of, Also, US, in behalf of. a. as a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • behalf — n. in (AE), on smb. s behalf USAGE NOTE: Some purists maintain that in AE in smb. s behalf means for smb. s benefit , whereas on smb. s behalf means as smb. s representative . * * * [bɪ hɑːf] on smb. s behalf (USAGE NOTE: Some purists maintain… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • behalf — be|half [ bı hæf ] noun ** on someone s behalf/on behalf of someone or in someone s behalf/in behalf of someone 1. ) instead of someone, or as a representative of someone: A lawyer issued a statement on behalf of the victim s family. 2. ) in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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