behoove

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verb be·hoove \bi-ˈhüv, bē-\

Definition of behoove

behooved

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behooving

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for it behooves us to go

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to be necessary, fit, or proper

Origin and Etymology of behoove

Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian, from behōf


BEHOOVE Defined for English Language Learners

behoove

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Definition of behoove for English Language Learners

  • : to be necessary or proper for (someone)


BEHOOVE Defined for Kids

behoove

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verb be·hoove \bi-ˈhüv\

Definition of behoove for Students

behooved

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behooving

  1. :  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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