behoove

verb
be·​hoove | \ bi-ˈhüv How to pronounce behoove (audio) , bē- \
behooved; behooving

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

Examples of behoove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Crown them with coal nuggets, handling Such antiquity as behooves it, For out of this darkness, light. Hartford Courant, courant.com, 17 May 2018 Does it really behoove IndyCar to turn away willing and paying participants? Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, 3 Apr. 2018 These guys would all behoove themselves to just stay off Twitter. NBC News, 18 Mar. 2018 Lawrence — and anyone who operates on a serial-monogamy MO — should know that STIs are out there, and prevention behooves all of us. Maria Del Russo, Glamour, 8 Mar. 2018 All of which behooves the rebuilding Brewers – who took a big step forward with 86 victories in 2017 – to primarily build a solid pitching staff from within their own ranks. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of behoove

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for behoove

Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian, from behōf

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“Behoove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/behoove. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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behoove

verb
be·​hoove | \ bi-ˈhüv How to pronounce behoove (audio) \
behooved; behooving

Kids Definition of behoove

: 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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