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behoof

[bih-hoof] /bɪˈhuf/
noun, plural behooves
[bih-hoovz] /bɪˈhuvz/ (Show IPA)
1.
use; advantage; benefit:
The money was spent for his own behoof.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need; cognate with Dutch behoef, German Behuf
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behoof

/bɪˈhuːf/
noun (pl) -hooves
1.
(rare) advantage or profit
Word Origin
Old English behōf; related to Middle High German behuof something useful; see behove
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Word Origin and History for be hoof

behoof

n.

c.1200, "use, benefit, advantage;" Old English had bihoflic "useful," implying *bihof "advantage, utility;" from Proto-Germanic *bi-hof "that which binds, requirement, obligation" (cf. Old Frisian bihof "advantage," Dutch behoef, Middle High German bihuof "useful thing," German Behuf "benefit, use, advantage"). In the common Germanic compound, the first element, likely intensive, is cognate with be- and the second with Old English hof, past tense of hebban "to raise" (see heave (v.)). The original sense is perhaps, then, "taking up (for oneself)."

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