[ bih-hoof ]
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noun,plural be·hooves [bih-hoovz]. /bɪˈhuvz/.
  1. use; advantage; benefit: The money was spent for his own behoof.

Origin of behoof

before 1000; Middle English behove,Old English behōf profit, need; cognate with Dutch behoef,German Behuf

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How to use behoof in a sentence

  • Into which Transaction, with its dates and circumstances, let us cast one glance, for our behoof afterwards.

  • Even the chapel-service has been brightened up for their behoof.

    Mystic London: | Charles Maurice Davies
  • Time is ever busy blotting out the land-marks which our ancestors reared with so much patience for our behoof.

  • Successive glimpses, here faithfully imparted, our more gifted readers must endeavor to combine for their own behoof.

    Sartor Resartus | Thomas Carlyle
  • This rapport was utilised in magic for the behoof of these objects, and for the good of the tribe, which is singularly solidaire.

British Dictionary definitions for behoof


/ (bɪˈhuːf) /

nounplural -hooves
  1. rare advantage or profit

Origin of behoof

Old English behōf; related to Middle High German behuof something useful; see behove

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