verb be·hoove \bi-ˈhüv, bē-\

: to be necessary or proper for (someone)


Full Definition of BEHOOVE

transitive verb
:  to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for <it behooves us to go>
intransitive verb
:  to be necessary, fit, or proper

Origin of BEHOOVE

Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian, from behōf
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with BEHOOVE

BEHOOVING Defined for Kids


verb be·hoove \bi-ˈhüv\

Definition of BEHOOVE for Kids

:  to be necessary or proper for <Indeed, it behooved him to keep on good terms with his pupils. — Washington Irving, Sleepy Hollow>


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