behalf /bɪˈhɑːf/


I. noun (in phrase on ( also in) behalf of or on someone’s/something’s behalf)

1. in the interests of a person, group, or principle

he campaigned on behalf of the wrongly convicted four.
2. as a representative of

he had to attend the funeral on Mama’s behalf.
3. on the part of; done by

this wasn’t simply a philanthropic gesture on his behalf.
– origin Middle English: from a mixture of the earlier phrases on his halve and bihalve him, both meaning ‘on his side’ (see by, half).

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