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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Example sentences
It behooves you to stay current with what your higher-ups are thinking.
The relationship has changed, and it behooves publishers to learn what their
  longtime partners in scholarship need now.
It behooves any candidate to address these issues ahead of the interview.
And it behooves teachers to fill in the gaps wherever their professional
  judgment deems it necessary or prudent.
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