- The definition of behoove means to be necessary or appropriate for.
An example of behoove is the effect a lecture on college scholarships has for graduating high school seniors.
verbbe·hooved, be·hoov·ing, be·hooves
Origin of behooveMiddle English behoven, from Old English behōfian; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present behooves, present participle behooving, simple past and past participle behooved)