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Meaning & Definition of Behalf in English

English

Behalf

/bɪhæf/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • behalf

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • behalf

Examples of using

Today, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of genocide struggle for recognition of the massacres, seeking justice for past crimes on behalf of family members who were brutally murdered.
I'm writing that on behalf of our friends who passed away.
I would like to express our thanks on behalf of my colleagues.