Definitions

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  • v. To suit; to befit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. and derivatives. See behoove, &c.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Less correct spelling of behoove.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. be appropriate or necessary

Etymologies

From Old English behof (see more at behoof). Cognate with Swedish behöv. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If I could speak one word that might be the means of enkindling in your heart, thoughts and feelings such as behove a man, who will one day have to give an account, not of himself alone, but of those committed to his care.

    Zoe: The History of Two Lives

  • Whenever we use 'behove', the subject is always 'it'.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • It would behove him to step down and let Colin Powell be president if just for the sake of having a black individual to fill the job.

    Poll: Obama drops on health care

  • From the Catholic encyclopedia at newadvent. org: "Neither does humility require us in our own estimation to think less of the natural gifts we possess than of similar, or of inferior, gifts in our neighbours; otherwise, as St. Thomas teaches, it would behove everyone to consider himself a greater sinner or a greater fool than his neighbour."

    Does Humility Really Walk on Water?, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • But it would ill behove me to disagree with such eminent scientists and SF writers as Clarke and Baxter.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • I suggest that it may behove the lady to stop and take a good long look at herself before she paints herself as even more of a hypocrite.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • If you are going to be an ally of the disabled, it should behove you to speak about them with respect and consult them on what their actual needs are.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • It may behove both him and thee to know, that although there is no purpose of remitting him to the dungeons of the Blacquernal palace, yet if he, or any on his part, should aspire to head a party in these feverish times, — by the honour of a gentleman, to swear a Frankish oath, he shall find that he is not out of the reach of the battle-axes of my Varangians.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Given the context about the responsibilities of the media, it would behove you to be upfront about the influence of the paper in this affair.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • If the Palistinians really want a better life where there is gainful employment, economic strength and personal freedom, it would behove them to renounce terrorism and communicate, and if not with Obama directly, perhaps with others.

    Hezbollah Leader Warns Against Obama Hopes - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

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