how to pronounce behest


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behest is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of behest in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… uh at the behest of this weirdo who …”

meanings of behest


  1. A vow; a promise.
  2. A command, bidding; sometimes also, an authoritative request; now usually in the phrase at the behest of.


  1. To promise; vow.

behest frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word behest occurs in english on average 1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics behest can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that behest can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

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