Behoove Definition

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To be necessary or proper for.
It behooves you at least to try.
American Heritage
To be necessary for or incumbent upon.
It behooves you to think for yourself.
Webster's New World
To be morally necessary or proper.
Webster's New World
To be necessary or proper.
American Heritage

(US) To suit; to befit.

  • behove
  • be expected
  • be required
  • be necessary
  • be incumbent upon
  • benefit
  • be needful
  • be requisite
  • owe it to
  • profit
  • be advantageous
  • be worthwhile
  • be fitting
  • be proper
  • be right

Origin of Behoove

  • Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian "to need", from Old English behōf+ian. Cognate with Swedish: behöva.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English behoven from Old English behōfian kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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