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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 of behoof
1000
before 1000; Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need; cognate with Dutch behoef, German Behuf
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  • I wish to say that the tobacco lavished upon the espada was collected for the behoof of all the prisoners.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
  • “Nay, I would not have you peril your life for my behoof,” she replied, with a smile.

    The Grateful Indian W.H.G. Kingston
  • And this bewildered idealist was a very bigot in behoof of the common-sensical satirist, the almost peevish realist—Pope!

  • If ye do well, to your own behoof will ye do it; and if ye do evil, against yourselves will ye do it.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • I could wish therefore, that, for their benefit and behoof, this circumstance were omitted.

  • If sages were ever wise in their own behoof, I might have foreseen all this.

    The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Wolfersdorf captures 68 of them, for behoof of Grossenhayn; and sends the remaining 32 galloping home.

  • Government is not for the behoof of rulers, but of the ruled also.

    A Defence of Virginia Robert L. Dabney
  • Even the chapel-service has been brightened up for their behoof.

    Mystic London: Charles Maurice Davies
  • She could almost believe that he had been specially made and destined for her behoof.

    Rachel Ray Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for behoof

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 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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