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verb (used with or without object), be·hoved, be·hov·ing. Chiefly British.
  1. behoove.
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Examples from the Web for behove

Historical Examples

  • It seemed to behove me to come to you and offer you my hand i' your affliction.

    Julia And Her Romeo: A Chronicle Of Castle Barfield

    David Christie Murray

  • It behove him to be wary in dealing with this superb tigress.

  • When an individual is miserable, what does it most of all behove him to do?

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle

  • There must be something behind all this; and so it behove him to keep his eyes open.

    The Count's Millions

    Emile Gaboriau

  • It does not behove a master of hounds to seek counsel in difficulty from anyone.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for behove


US behoove (bɪˈhuːv)

  1. (tr; impersonal) archaic to be necessary or fitting forit behoves me to arrest you
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Word Origin

Old English behōfian; related to Middle Low German behōven
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Word Origin and History for behove

chiefly British English spelling of behoove.

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