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[bih-hohv] /bɪˈhoʊv/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), behoved, behoving. Chiefly British
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  • After such a lunch as ours it behoved us to cease idling and dive for pearls.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • There were no telegraphs or telegrams in those days, and it behoved him to write.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • It behoved me to have so notable a person of my party; and the rather as I had disobliged her impertinent brother.

    Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • That was a rock, rather, of which it behoved him to be very careful.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • For Messer Cino, it behoved him also to advise seriously about his position.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Whatever she threw away, it behoved her to maintain her dignity.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • Margaret behoved, of course, to consent, and Martin prepared to quit the paternal roof.

  • He said to himself over and over again, that it behoved him to go.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • Because His blood was shed for the remission of their sins, it behoved Him to have no other exit from this life than death.

    The City of God, Volume II Aurelius Augustine
  • If it behoved him to take any step to stay the trial, he must take it at once.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for behoved


(transitive; impersonal) (archaic) to be necessary or fitting for: it behoves me to arrest you
Word Origin
Old English behōfian; related to Middle Low German behōven
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Word Origin and History for behoved


chiefly British English spelling of behoove.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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