from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be necessary or proper for: It behooves you at least to try.
- intransitive v. To be necessary or proper.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To suit; to befit
- v. To be necessary
- v. To be in one's best interest; to benefit
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To be necessary for; to be fit for; to be meet for, with respect to necessity, duty, or convenience; -- mostly used impersonally.
- intransitive v. To be necessary, fit, or suitable; to befit; to belong as due.
- n. Advantage; behoof.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be fit or meet for, with respect to necessity, duty, or convenience; be necessary for; become: now used only in the third person singular with it as subject.
- To relate to the advantage of; concern the well-being of: formerly used with a regular nominative.
- To be necessary, suitable, or fit.
- Also spelled behove.
- n. An obsolete form (properly dative) of behoof.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be appropriate or necessary
Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian "to need", from Old English behōf+ian. Cognate with Swedish: behöva. (Wiktionary)