be|hove [bıˈhəuv US bıˈhouv] v BrE be|hoove [bıˈhu:v] AmE
it behoves sb to do sth
formal used to say that someone should do something because it is right or necessary, or it will help them

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  • Behove — Be*hove , v., and derivatives. See {Behoove}, &c. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behove — chiefly British English spelling of BEHOOVE (Cf. behoove) …   Etymology dictionary

  • behove — (US behoove) ► VERB (it behoves someone to do) formal ▪ it is a duty, responsibility, or appropriate response for someone to do. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • behove — UK [bɪˈhəʊv] / US [bɪˈhoʊv] verb Word forms behove : present tense I/you/we/they behove he/she/it behoves present participle behoving past tense behoved past participle behoved it behoves someone to do something …   English dictionary

  • behove — Behoove Be*hoove , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Behooved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Behooving}.] [OE. bihoven, behoven, AS. beh?fian to have need of, fr. beh?f. See {Behoof}.] To be necessary for; to be fit for; to be meet for, with respect to necessity, duty,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behove — [c]/bəˈhoʊv / (say buh hohv), /bi / (say bee ) verb (behoved, behoving) –verb (t) 1. to be needful or proper for or incumbent on (now only in impersonal use): it behoves me to see him. –verb (i) 2. Archaic to be needful, proper, or due (in… …  

  • behove — chiefly British variant of behoove …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • behove — /bi hohv /, v.t., v.i., behoved, behoving. Chiefly Brit. behoove. * * * …   Universalium

  • behove — verb /bɪˈhəʊv/ To suit; to befit. It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own …   Wiktionary

  • behove — v. (R) (formal) it behoves them to help the needy * * * [bɪ həʊv] (R) (formal) it behoves them to help the needy …   Combinatory dictionary

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