[bih-hoov](chiefly in impersonal use)
- to be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on: It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially.
- to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage: It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you.
- Archaic. to be needful, proper, or due: Perseverance is a quality that behooves in a scholar.
Origin of behoove
before 900; Middle English behoven, Old English behōfian to need (behōf behoof + -ian infinitive suffix)
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Examples from the Web for behoove
It will behoove France to see that her entrances are well guarded.A Little Girl in Old Quebec
Amanda Millie Douglas
Under these circumstances, I think, it does not behoove us to be too severe.A Little Traitor to the South
Cyrus Townsend Brady
But not another word about it: It does not behoove me to judge the past, for it does not belong to me.
It does not behoove the maestro to stand at the side of his pupil.
"It does not behoove me to advise my sagacious and prudent husband," she said.Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia
Word Origin and History for behoove
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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper