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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

behoove

[bih-hoov] /bɪˈhuv/
verb (used with object), behooved, behooving.
1.
to be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on:
It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially.
2.
to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage:
It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you.
verb (used without object), behooved, behooving.
3.
Archaic. to be needful, proper, or due:
Perseverance is a quality that behooves in a scholar.
Origin
before 900; Middle English behoven, Old English behōfian to need (behōf behoof + -ian infinitive suffix)
Synonyms
2. benefit, advantage, serve, better, advance; suit, befit, beseem.
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British Dictionary definitions for be hooves

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 hooves

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)."

behoove

v.

Old English behofian "to have need of, have use for," verbal form of the ancient compound word represented by behoof.

Historically, it rimes with move, prove, but being now mainly a literary word, it is generally made to rime with rove, grove, by those who know it only in books. [OED]

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