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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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British Dictionary definitions for be hoof

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
c.1200, "use, benefit, advantage;" O.E. had bihoflic "useful," implying *bihof "advantage, utility;" from P.Gmc. *bihafjan (cf. O.Fris. bihof, Du. behoef, M.H.G. bihuof, Ger. behuf "benefit, use, advantage"). In the common Germanic compound, the first element is cognate with be- and the second with O.E. hof, past tense of hebban "to raise" (see heave). The original sense is perhaps, then, "taking up (for oneself)."
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