Behoove Definition

bĭ-ho͝ov
behooved, behooves, behooving
verb
behooved, behooves, behooving
To be morally necessary or proper.
Webster's New World
To be necessary for or incumbent upon.
It behooves you to think for yourself.
Webster's New World

(US) To suit; to befit.

Wiktionary

(US) To be necessary.

Wiktionary

(US) To be in one's best interest; to benefit.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
behovebe requiredbe incumbent uponbe necessaryprofitbenefitbe advantageousbe worthwhilebecomebe fittingowe it tobe properbe rightbe one's obligationbe needful
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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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