Behoove meaning

bĭ-ho͝ov
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.

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To be necessary or proper for.

It behooves you at least to try.

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To be morally necessary or proper.
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(US) To be in one's best interest; to benefit.
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To be necessary for or incumbent upon.

It behooves you to think for yourself.

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(US) To suit; to befit.
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(US) To be necessary.
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To be necessary or proper.
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Origin of behoove

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary