• WordNet 3.6
    • n behalf 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"
    • n behalf 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Behalf Advantage; favor; stead; benefit; interest; profit; support; defense; vindication. "In behalf of his mistress's beauty.""Against whom he had contracted some prejudice in behalf of his nation."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n behalf Advantage, benefit, interest, or defense (of somebody or something).
    • n behalf Affair; cause; matter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Behalf be-häf′ favour or benefit: cause: sake, account: part—only in phrases 'on,' 'in behalf of,' 'on his behalf.'
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  • Charles F. Kettering
    “If a fellow wants to be a nobody in the business world, let him neglect sending the mail man to somebody on his behalf.”
  • Jerome K. Jerome
    “We are so bound together that no man can labor for himself alone. Each blow he strikes in his own behalf helps to mold the universe.”
  • Proverb
    “One lives in the world's memory only by what they have done in the world's behalf.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Pray. To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.”
  • Bible
    “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. [2 Corinthians 5:20]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. on-behalve, in the name of, bihalven, by the side of, fr. AS. healf, half, also side, part: akin to G. halb, half, halber, on account of. See Be-, and Half (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. behalve—A.S. be healfe, by the side. See Half.


In literature:

He called together the burgomaster and Council of Stockholm, and instructed them to select delegates to act in behalf of Stockholm.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
It was in their behalf that Paterson, of New Jersey, presented his resolutions.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
So you'd better wait and make your statement in your own behalf to me whilst I'm settin' on the bench.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
He then secured from practically the whole State an endorsement of the suggestion on my behalf.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
I have been attending to the special acts your legislature has passed in our behalf.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
But she had not married, and I think I may say on her behalf that she had never thought of marrying.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
I had no idea that my uncle was negotiating with them on my behalf.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
Things had so gone with her that she had had no power of action on her own behalf.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
James I. was often applied to on his behalf, but he refused to do any thing for him.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
Mr. Solicitor-General Hagerman has been directed to do the same on behalf of the Episcopal clergy.
"The Story of My Life" by Egerton Ryerson

In poetry:

And heroically they fought that day on behalf of their king,
Whilst around him they formed a solid ring;
And the king was the hero of the fight,
Cutting, hacking, and slashing left and right.
"The Battle of Flodden Field" by William Topaz McGonagall
He felt his country's need; he knew
The work her children had to do;
And when, at last, he heard the call
In her behalf to serve and dare,
Beside his senatorial chair
He stood the unquestioned peer of all.
"Wilson" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The British were fighting on behalf of Spain,
But if they fought on their behalf they didn't fight in vain;
For they beat them manfully by land and sea,
And from the shores of Spain they were forced to flee.
"A Humble Heroine" by William Topaz McGonagall
Sith Nature thus gave her the praise,
To be the chiefest work she wrought;
In faith, methink, some better ways
On your behalf might well be sought,
Than to compare, as ye have done,
To match the candle with the sun.
"A Praise Of His Love" by Henry Howard
But although the war was there he felt undaunted,
Because to fight on behalf of France was all he wanted;
And the thought thereof did his mind harass,
When he knew a regiment of Austrians was pushing on to occupy a narrow pass.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then she brought her sons before the King, and thus did say,
Now swear, my sons, to be true to your King without dismay;
Then they knelt and cried, Mother, we'll do as you desire,
We willingly will fight on behalf of our noble sire.
"Adventures of King Robert the Bruce" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Bruce Murdock and Susannah Mars spoke out on behalf of Loaves & Fishes on April 12.
Community Lodgings Executive Director Bonnie Baxley, center, receives a check for $30,000 from store manager William Hunsucker on behalf of the Walmart Foundation. has learned that the disgruntled star is fighting back and in a surprising turn of events, he is also suing on behalf of the rest of the cast and crew.
We, the four new members of the Lysander Town Board, have been working diligently on your behalf, rectifying the many problems that we have been presented with from the past administration.
A blue ribbon selection committee acting on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation has announced the selection of The Hon.
"We're after the elite, nationwide," says Joe Seay of his recruiting efforts on behalf of UVA's wrestling program.
On behalf of the National Education Association's (NEA) 3.2 million members, we urge you to include funding for the following priorities in the supplemental appropriations economic stimulus bill scheduled for mark-up this week.
After circulating a Red Notice for Abdullah al-Senussi's arrest on behalf of the ICC in September, Interpol is now doing the same for authorities in Tripoli, a direct conflict with The Hague tribunal (and France).
On Behalf of Valid Research.
On behalf of all of AOPA's employees, Phil Boyer this week sent a letter of condolence to the association's neighbors, the men and women of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command's Trooper 3 unit, based at Frederick Municipal Airport.
Robert Wallach, a longtime friend of former Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d, was convicted yesterday of accepting payoffs for efforts to influence Government officials on behalf of the Wedtech Corporation.
The hilarious star of The Office and Bridesmaids, 32, recently filmed a series of videos where she plays a "certified life coach" on behalf of Nescafe Memento .
The survey was conducted on behalf of Whirlpool Corp.
The complaint, filed on behalf of residents of the Ranch Mobile Home Park, challenges changes to the city's mobile home ordinance that set uniform rent increases and tenant protections.
NLRB intervenes on behalf of laid-off employees at Cambridge, Mass.

In science:

As a last speaker it is a pleasant duty for me, on behalf of all the participants, to most warmly congratulate and thank the Local Organisers for this perfectly run meeting in this tantalizing city.
Concluding Talk: QCD 2005
This article proposes a referee identification algorithm that is both computationally inexpensive and requires no intervention on behalf of the authors, journal editors, and/or conference organizers.
An Algorithm to Determine Peer-Reviewers
Kaufmann (on behalf of Happex Coll.), proceedings PAVI06.
Two-Photon Physics in Hadronic Processes
There is extensive use of spreadsheet based financial and strategic modelling within all professional services firms largely for and on behalf of their large corporate and institutional clients.
The Importance and Criticality of Spreadsheets in the City of London
On behalf of Example 2, D(A) ⊇ Fit(A) holds for every Lie algebra.
Semidomains and Metabelian Product of Metabelian Lie Algebras