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bɪˈhæf, -ˈhɑfbe·half

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. behalfnoun

    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. behalfnoun

    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"


  1. behalfnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Behalfnoun

    Etymology: This word Stephen Skinner derives from half, and interprets it, for my half; as, for my part. It seems to me rather corrupted from behoof, profit; the pronunciation degenerating easily to behafe; which, in imitation of other words so sounded, was written, by those who knew not the etymology, behalf.

    He was in confidence with those who designed the destruction of Strafford; against whom he had contracted some prejudice, in the behalf of his nation. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Were but my heart as naked to thy view,
    Marcus would see it bleed in his behalf. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Never was any nation blessed with more frequent interpositions of divine providence in its behalf. Francis Atterbury.

    He might, in his presence, defy all Arcadian knights, in the behalf of his mistress’s beauty. Philip Sidney.

    Lest the fiend,
    Or in behalf of man, or to invade
    Vacant possession, some new trouble raise. Paradise Lost.

    Others believe, that, by the two Fortunes, were meant prosperity or affliction; and produce, in their behalf, an ancient monument. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behalfnoun

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Behalf

    be-häf′, n. favour or benefit: cause: sake, account: part—only in phrases 'on,' 'in behalf of,' 'on his behalf.' [M. E. behalve—A.S. be healfe, by the side. See Half.]

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of behalf in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of behalf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of behalf in a Sentence

  1. Boris Johnson:

    I ... want to pay tribute to the extraordinary bravery of those members of the public who physically intervened to protect the lives of others, for me they represent the very best of our country and I thank them on behalf of all of our country.

  2. Anita PointerShe:

    The Pointer Sisters family is devastated, on behalf of my siblings and I and the entire Pointer family, The Pointer Sisters ask for your prayers at this time.

  3. Ashraf Ghani:

    We are the battlefield. We are fighting on behalf of our friends from India to Russia.

  4. Ohio Public Defender Timothy Young:

    I think the message is that courts need to give meaningful consideration to the mitigation that is presented on behalf of clients. Rayshawn Johnson life story, all of those things, the negative influences … the significant trauma … comes back later in life in unfortunate ways.

  5. Kimberly Foxx:

    As legislators, if we start changing the way our cityordinances are written, we canstart hitting criminals in the pocket,on behalf of what crimes they’recommitting in the city ofChicago alone, [The] state’s attorney can drop all of her charges every day of the week like she’s been doing, but we should take care ofit more at the local level and that’sa way that we can start curbing crimehere.

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