Be hooves

behoof

[bih-hoof]
noun, plural behooves [bih-hoovz] .
use; advantage; benefit: The money was spent for his own behoof.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need; cognate with Dutch behoef, German Behuf

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behoove

[bih-hoov] . (chiefly in impersonal use)
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)


2. benefit, advantage, serve, better, advance; suit, befit, beseem.
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behoof (bɪˈhuːf)
 
n , pl -hooves
rare advantage or profit
 
[Old English behōf; related to Middle High German behuof something useful; see behove]

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behoove
O.E. behofian "to have need of," verbal form of the ancient compound word represented by behoof.

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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