behoove

[ bih-hoov ]
/ bɪˈhuv /
(chiefly in impersonal use)

verb (used with object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), be·hooved, be·hoov·ing.

Archaic. to be needful, proper, or due: Perseverance is a quality that behooves in a scholar.

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Also especially British, be·hove [bih-hohv] /bɪˈhoʊv/ .

Origin of behoove

First recorded before 900; Middle English behoven, Old English behōfian “to need” (behōf behoof + -ian infinitive suffix)
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