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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.


  1. Behalf

    Behalf offers short-term financing with flexible repayment terms to U.S.-based small businesses, ranging between $300-$50,000. Behalf pays vendors directly, on behalf of the small business, for the purchase of goods or services. Behalf has headquarters in New York. Behalf was founded in 2011 by Benjy Feinberg, Shai Feinberg, and Jeremy Esekow. In July 2015, Behalf raised $119 million from Mission OG, Sequoia Capital, Spark Capital, Maverick Ventures, and Victory Park Capital.In January 2015, Behalf announced a partnership with MasterCard and Comdata. This partnership enables small business financing with almost any vendor that accepts MasterCard.As of February 2016, the Better Business Bureau rates Behalf as A+.


  1. behalf

    Behalf is a noun referring to the interest or support of someone or something, often in representation or as a benefit. It typically refers to a situation where one person or entity is acting or speaking for another person or entity.

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. Orson Scott Card:

    Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it.

  2. Miriam Cepeda:

    I appointed myself to take care of Rio Grande area, no one was speaking on behalf of his campaign or encouraging people [in south Texas]. I took the bull by the horns and ran with it.

  3. The SPU Register:

    There has been an increase in graffiti reportssince the beginning of the [COVID-19] pandemic, sPU speaks on behalf of the city's municipal code and graffiti abatement efforts, which are supported by the mayor’s office.

  4. Sergio Mattarella:

    Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini agreed that neither would be prime minister, and announced this week that they would present law professor Giuseppe Conte for approval by President Sergio Mattarella. Conte’s appointment looked in doubt, not only because of Giuseppe Conte dearth of political experience( Giuseppe Conte has never held political office), but also after The New York Times reported that Giuseppe Conte may have exaggerated Giuseppe Conte credentials, particularly Giuseppe Conte studies at New York University -- which said The New York Times had no record of Giuseppe Conte having studied there. But after a meeting with Mattarella on Wednesday, Giuseppe Conte got the nod to attempt to form a government, and promised one of change as President Sergio Mattarella emerged from the meeting at the Quirinal Palace in Rome and struck a populist tone. What is about to be born... will be the government of change, on behalf of citizens, that protects their interests, i propose to be the defense lawyer of the Italian people.

  5. Mark Owczarski:

    We are grateful for the important work Dr. Pratt-Clarke, who, as a vice president and member of the president's cabinet oversees the offices of strategic affairs and diversity and inclusion, does on behalf of Virginia Tech and the commonwealth we serve.

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