The old man had two favorite words—behoove and emit—but behoove was evidently his choice.
It will behoove France to see that her entrances are well guarded.
It does not behoove us, who neither believe in their right to prohibit free assembly, nor to permit it, to appeal to them.
Under these circumstances, I think, it does not behoove us to be too severe.
In all ways, it behooved men to quit simulacra and return to fact; cost what it might, that did behoove to be done.
"It does not behoove me to advise my sagacious and prudent husband," she said.
It does not behoove the maestro to stand at the side of his pupil.
Will it not behoove me to cultivate all my virtues and eradicate all my defects?
Therefore does it behoove Congress, by proper, instant action, to relieve itself of this painful responsibility.
Now as heretofore it will behoove the Editor of these pages, were it never so unsuccessfully, to do his endeavor.
Old English behofian "to have need of, have use for," verbal form of the ancient compound word represented by behoof.
Historically, it rimes with move, prove, but being now mainly a literary word, it is generally made to rime with rove, grove, by those who know it only in books. [OED]