Definition of Behoove

1. Verb. Be appropriate or necessary. "It behooves us to reflect on this matter"

Exact synonyms: Behove
Generic synonyms: Conform To, Fit, Meet



Definition of Behoove

1. v. t. To be necessary for; to be fit for; to be meet for, with respect to necessity, duty, or convenience; -- mostly used impersonally.

2. v. i. To be necessary, fit, or suitable; to befit; to belong as due.

3. n. Advantage; behoof.

Definition of Behoove

1. Verb. (American English) To suit; to befit ¹

2. Verb. (American English) To be necessary ¹

3. Verb. (American English) To be in one's best interest; to benefit ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Behoove

1. to be proper for [v -HOOVED, -HOOVING, -HOOVES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Behoove

beholde
beholden
beholden(p)
beholdenness
beholder
beholders
beholdest
beholdeth
beholding
beholdingness
beholds
behoney
behoof
behoofs
behoovable
behoove (current term)
behooved
behooveful
behooves
behoovest
behooveth
behooving
behope
behorn
behote
behotes
behoting
behove
behoved
behoveful

Literary usage of Behoove

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1. Works by William Robertson (1825)
"... indeed, it should behoove us to consider otherwise of her cause than to satisfy her desire in restitution of her to the government of that kingdom. ..."

2. The Works of Wm. Robertson, D.D. in Eight Volumes by William Robertson (1825)
"... indeed, it should behoove us to consider otherwise of her cause than to satisfy her desire in restitution of her to the government of that kingdom. ..."

3. A Dictionary: English and Burmese by Adoniram Judson (1849)
"T^« to assume, c^oS behoove (to do,) v. ^u — pardon/ Being, я. existence, (y6[j£i« a person existing, Beget, i». t. to generate, ..."

4. A Key to the Exercises of Fasquelle's New French Method by Louis Fasquelle (1864)
"Does it behoove yoa (Is it your duty) to punish him, when te deserves it ? 16. It is my place to punish him, for I am as a father to him. 17. ..."

5. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"1971 had informed me . .. that it would behoove me not to swing violently at the ball —John Lowenstein, quoted in Sports Illustrated, 16 Aug. ..."

6. The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce ...: Also the Judgement of Martin Bucer by John Milton (1820)
"... how can we affirm such a matrimony to be the same which God instituted ? in such an accident it will best behoove our soberness to follow rather what ..."

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