before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English behof, from Old English behōf profit, need; akin to Old English hebban to raise — more at heave entry 1
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“Behoof.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behoof. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.
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