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[bih-hohv] /bɪˈhoʊv/
verb (used with or without object), behoved, behoving. Chiefly British.
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  • Why should you have had any thought but for the game you were playing, and how it behoved you to play it?

    That Boy Of Norcott's Charles James Lever
  • But she knew that in her present condition it behoved her to be especially careful.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • For Messer Cino, it behoved him also to advise seriously about his position.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • In so dire a crisis it behoved a leading man to weigh his words.

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • He behoved, he judged, to be sick; an' sick he was—little he jaloosed the sickness.

  • There were no telegraphs or telegrams in those days, and it behoved him to write.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • That was a rock, rather, of which it behoved him to be very careful.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Miss Waddington felt that it behoved her to look to her character.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • Whatever she threw away, it behoved her to maintain her dignity.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
  • He said to himself over and over again, that it behoved him to go.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for behoved


(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 behoved


chiefly British English spelling of behoove.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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