behoove

verb be·hoove \ bi-ˈhüv , bē- \

Definition of behoove

behooved; behooving
transitive verb
:to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for
  • it behooves us to go
intransitive verb
:to be necessary, fit, or proper

Origin and Etymology of behoove

Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian, from behōf

BEHOOVE Defined for Kids

behoove

verb be·hoove \ bi-ˈhüv \

Definition of behoove for Students

behooved; behooving
: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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