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Princeton's WordNet

  1. behoove, behoveverb

    be appropriate or necessary

    "It behooves us to reflect on this matter"


  1. behooveverb

    To suit; to befit

  2. behooveverb

    To be necessary

  3. behooveverb

    To be in one's best interest; to benefit

  4. Etymology: behoven, from behōfian "to need", from behof+ian. Cognate with Swedish: behöva.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BEHOOVEverb

    To be fit; to be meet; either with respect to duty, necessity, or convenience. It is used only impersonally with it.

    Etymology: behofaw, Saxon; it is a duty.

    For better examination of their quality, it behooveth the very foundation and root, the highest wellspring and fountain of them, to be discovered. Richard Hooker, b. i. § 1.

    He did so prudently temper his passions, as that none of them made him wanting in the offices of life, which it behooved, or became him to perform. Francis Atterbury.

    But should you lure the monarch of the brook,
    Behooves you then to ply your finest art. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. behoove

    To behoove means to be necessary, appropriate, or suitable for someone for a specific situation, task or purpose. It often implies an action that is required out of duty, moral responsibility or obligation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behooveverb

    to be necessary for; to be fit for; to be meet for, with respect to necessity, duty, or convenience; -- mostly used impersonally

  2. Behooveverb

    to be necessary, fit, or suitable; to befit; to belong as due

  3. Behoovenoun

    advantage; behoof

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of behoove in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of behoove in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of behoove in a Sentence

  1. Nicole Saphier:

    It would behoove Dr. Fauci and others to admit that, and then they can move forward, saying, 'In the future, we will have more oversight to ensure these things are not happening.

  2. Joe Macenka:

    They are very interested in having a positive outcome for the rally, they understand that if you want to have success in influencing legislation inside the general assembly, it would behoove you to have a positive situation outside.

  3. Aisha Hinds:

    We live in a country that's built on the foundation of slavery, to really be informed about what's happening contextually right now, it would behoove you to engage [in] this foundational narrative.

  4. Perry Plummer:

    It would certainly behoove us to be more independent, that's what this has taught us, to be more independent.

  5. Edgar Cayce:

    This is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us. This is a universal law, and until one begins to make application of same, one may not go very far in spiritual or soul development.

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