verb (used with or without object), be·hoved, be·hov·ing. Chiefly British. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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US behoove (bɪˈhuːv)


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

Word Origin for behove

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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