Definitions of behoove

  1. To be necessary for; to be fit for; to be meet for, with respect to necessity, duty, or convenience; - mostly used impersonally. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To be necessary, or be fit; as, it will behoove you to mend your ways. Also, behove. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. To be fit, right, or necessary for-now only used impersonally with it. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. To be necessary for, or the duty of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. To be becoming to, needful, or right for. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. be appropriate or necessary; "IT behooves us to reflect on this matter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To be necessary, fit, or proper for. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for behoove

  1. In this I think we succeeded, but it will behoove subsequent governments to scrupulously respect the national feeling of our Southern neighbors. – Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
  2. He replied, " Tell them I have got a summons already before a Superior Judge, and I behoove to answer my first summons; and ere your day come, I will be where few kings and great folks come." – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters