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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 behoved

Historical Examples of behoved

  • Why should you have had any thought but for the game you were playing, and how it behoved you to play it?

    That Boy Of Norcott's

    Charles James Lever

  • But she knew that in her present condition it behoved her to be especially careful.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope

  • For Messer Cino, it behoved him also to advise seriously about his position.

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • In so dire a crisis it behoved a leading man to weigh his words.

  • He behoved, he judged, to be sick; an' sick he was—little he jaloosed the sickness.

British Dictionary definitions for behoved


US behoove (bɪˈhuːv)

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

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


chiefly British English spelling of behoove.

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