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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behove or (US) behoove (bɪˈhəʊv, bɪˈhuːv)
 
vb
archaic (tr; impersonal) to be necessary or fitting for: it behoves me to arrest you
 
[Old English behōfian; related to Middle Low German behōven]
 
behoove or (US) behoove
 
vb
 
[Old English behōfian; related to Middle Low German behōven]

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behoove
O.E. behofian "to have need of," verbal form of the ancient compound word represented by behoof.
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Example sentences
It would behoove you to go to the doctor before your lungs get trifected.
It would behoove everyone to see the truth.
If you have to commute at all it would behoove you to be able to use mass
  transit to get where you're going.
It may behoove a few people to remember that news channels do not always air
  news.
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