Definitions for behalfbɪˈhæf, -ˈhɑf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be•halfbɪˈhæf, -ˈhɑf(n.)

  1. interest; support.

Idioms for behalf:

  1. in or on behalf of, as a representative of or a proxy for.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in or on someone's behalf, in someone's interests.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of behalf:

1400–50; late ME; ME bihalve

Princeton's WordNet

  1. behalf(noun)

    as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of")

    "the guardian signed the contract on behalf of the minor child"; "this letter is written on behalf of my client";

  2. behalf(noun)

    for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)

    "in your behalf"; "campaigning in his own behalf"; "spoke a good word in his friend's behalf"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. behalf(noun)ɪˈhæf, -ˈhɑf

    indicates you are doing sth instead of sb else

    On behalf of my sister, I'd like to thank everyone.


  1. behalf(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behalf(noun)

    advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support; defense; vindication

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behalf' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4590

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behalf' in Nouns Frequency: #2483

Translations for behalf

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


for, or in the interests of

on behalf of all our members; I'm collecting on behalf of the blind.

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