[ bih-hohv ]

verb (used with or without object),be·hoved, be·hov·ing.Chiefly British.
  1. a variant of behoove.

Words Nearby behove Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use behove in a sentence

  • The obligation of such, therefore, even as those of the covenants specified, behove to continue.

  • The very mode in which it would behove her to dress herself to go out to an ordinary dinner party, was almost unknown to her.

    Miss Mackenzie | Anthony Trollope
  • The Cid replied, that it would ill behove him to counsel his sovereign to contradict the will of the late King.

  • It will behove me, perhaps, to apply to that dear uncle, if a proper occasion offer.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) | Samuel Richardson
  • If he goes to these kinsfolk, as I believe it will be well for him to do, it will behove him to go right humbly and reverently.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn | Evelyn Everett-Green

British Dictionary definitions for behove


US behoove (bɪˈhuːv)

/ (bɪˈhəʊv) /

  1. (tr; impersonal) archaic to be necessary or fitting for: it behoves me to arrest you

Origin of behove

Old English behōfian; related to Middle Low German behōven

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