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[bih-hohv] /bɪˈhoʊv/
verb (used with or without object), behoved, behoving. Chiefly British.
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  • It seemed to behove me to come to you and offer you my hand i' your affliction.

  • It behove him to be wary in dealing with this superb tigress.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume
  • When an individual is miserable, what does it most of all behove him to do?

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • There must be something behind all this; and so it behove him to keep his eyes open.

    The Count's Millions Emile Gaboriau
  • It does not behove a master of hounds to seek counsel in difficulty from anyone.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope
  • Under these critical circumstances how did it behove Madame de Chevreuse to act?

    Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2) Sutherland Menzies
  • Shields had said it was thirty miles, and it behove the driver to make it seem as short as possible.

    The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford
  • They, too, were both mistaken in the real cause; but of that it does not behove to speak at present.

  • He took the money, but as he left the camp, he put it under the earth, as it did not behove a king to receive hire.

  • And now how did it behove an ardent missionary to act in such a contest with a subtle Egyptian?

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for behove


(transitive; impersonal) (archaic) to be necessary or fitting for: it behoves me to arrest you
Word Origin
Old English behōfian; related to Middle Low German behōven
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Word Origin and History for behove

chiefly British English spelling of behoove.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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