[ US /bɪˈhæf/ ]
[ UK /bɪhˈɑːf/ ]
  1. 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. for someone's benefit (usually expressed as `in behalf' rather than `on behalf' and usually with a possessive)
    spoke a good word in his friend's behalf
    in your behalf
    campaigning in his own behalf
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How To Use behalf In A Sentence

  • It was also envisaged that they would play an advocacy and educational role on behalf of dementia sufferers throughout their area.
  • Doubtless his friends and family were working on his behalf and might well be involved with Peggy Say's campaign.
  • The parties may authorize one or two persons to participate in arbitration proceedings on their behalf.
  • As a result, Arnold had a stake in the deals he was negotiating on behalf of the district.
  • Then the pleasant little surprises of all kinds that we imagined; and the pleasant looks that greet us when we condescend to accept them; the patience that can translate our most unwarrantable "crossness", because there has been some trifling difficulty in obtaining the half of a star or the corner of a moon which it had pleased us to require, into "such a good sign of being really better"; and then our appetite (which the gods know is at that season singularly keen), how is it not tempted with unutterable dainties and friande morsels, all sorts of amateur cookery in our behalf, where Love himself has not disdained to turn the spit, and look into the stewpan! and all served up so gracefully on the small tray, covered with its delicate white damask cloth, arraying with more than mortal charms the moulds of crystal jelly and pure-looking blanc mange! Zoe: The History of Two Lives
  • Furthermore, those charged with supervising the company on our behalf and protecting our savings were either incapable or unable to force the insurer to live in the real world.
  • (Under the Indian constitution nontribal people are prohibited from directly acquiring land in certain parts of the country, so the government must obtain it on their behalf and sell it to the companies.) India's Dirty War
  • spoke a good word in his friend's behalf
  • On behalf of tiny snipers, we are delighted to invite you to join an iterative process of hematoid symposia to be held at the hinges of daily life. Dear Carl
  • She would also draft redundancy letters for the senior management on his behalf. Times, Sunday Times
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