Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • In the meantime, it would behoove all of us "behoove" means something that causes you to grow hooves to remember the true spirit of "Bike Month," which is, of course, all about health, respect, safety, fanny-packs, and gigantic "Fred" rides.

    The Indignity of Bike Month: (What's So Funny 'Bout) Cleats, Love and Understanding?

  • Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner told the Associated Press it would " behoove " Mr. Lee to sign with the Yankees.

    Now It

  • I humbly bow to the power of "behoove", unfortunatly since I mostly speak swedish daily it would seem slightly crazy to slip in "behoove" anywhere at all.

    AfterEllen.com - Because visibility matters

  • Never heard the word "behoove" before, have I've been missing out?

    AfterEllen.com - Because visibility matters

  • Liu posted his letter to Brown on his campaign (for City Comptroller) website: "It's outrageous and insulting for you to suggest it would 'behoove' us to adopt another name, to give up our birthright and a part of our own identity, in order to exercise our right to vote" and suggest she resign if she doesn't apologize.

    Gothamist

  • In a letter to Brown, Liu said Thursday: "It's outrageous and insulting for you to suggest it would 'behoove' us to adopt another name, to give up our birthright and a part of our own identity, in order to exercise our right to vote."

    Statesman - AP Sports

  • ` ` It's outrageous and insulting for you to suggest it would 'behoove' us to adopt another name, to give up our birthright and a part of our own identity, in order to exercise our right to vote, '' he said.

    --1010 WINS Newswatch Headlines

  • What is the difference between 'behoove' and 'behove'?

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • With all the information available, pro and con, in many types of media to inform ones self about health care, it would behoove commentators on this site to post truthful comments rather than emotional rants.

    'None of this is easy,' Obama aide says of health care reform

  • It will behoove republicans not to make this an issue when they clearly are out of touch with the african-american and latin american communities.

    White House says Obama does not regret Gates comments

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