behoove


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be·hoove

 (bĭ-ho͞ov′)
v. be·hooved, be·hoov·ing, be·hooves
v.tr.
To be necessary or proper for: It behooves you at least to try.
v.intr.
To be necessary or proper.

[Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

be•hoove

(bɪˈhuv)

v. -hooved, -hoov•ing. (chiefly in impersonal use) v.t.
1. to be necessary or proper for: It behooves us to reconsider.
v.i.
2. to be necessary, proper, or due.
[before 900; Middle English behoven, Old English behōfian to need, v. derivative of behōf behoof]

behoove


Past participle: behooved
Gerund: behooving

Imperative
behoove
behoove
Present
I behoove
you behoove
he/she/it behooves
we behoove
you behoove
they behoove
Preterite
I behooved
you behooved
he/she/it behooved
we behooved
you behooved
they behooved
Present Continuous
I am behooving
you are behooving
he/she/it is behooving
we are behooving
you are behooving
they are behooving
Present Perfect
I have behooved
you have behooved
he/she/it has behooved
we have behooved
you have behooved
they have behooved
Past Continuous
I was behooving
you were behooving
he/she/it was behooving
we were behooving
you were behooving
they were behooving
Past Perfect
I had behooved
you had behooved
he/she/it had behooved
we had behooved
you had behooved
they had behooved
Future
I will behoove
you will behoove
he/she/it will behoove
we will behoove
you will behoove
they will behoove
Future Perfect
I will have behooved
you will have behooved
he/she/it will have behooved
we will have behooved
you will have behooved
they will have behooved
Future Continuous
I will be behooving
you will be behooving
he/she/it will be behooving
we will be behooving
you will be behooving
they will be behooving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been behooving
you have been behooving
he/she/it has been behooving
we have been behooving
you have been behooving
they have been behooving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been behooving
you will have been behooving
he/she/it will have been behooving
we will have been behooving
you will have been behooving
they will have been behooving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been behooving
you had been behooving
he/she/it had been behooving
we had been behooving
you had been behooving
they had been behooving
Conditional
I would behoove
you would behoove
he/she/it would behoove
we would behoove
you would behoove
they would behoove
Past Conditional
I would have behooved
you would have behooved
he/she/it would have behooved
we would have behooved
you would have behooved
they would have behooved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.behoove - be appropriate or necessary; "It behooves us to reflect on this matter"
conform to, fit, meet - satisfy a condition or restriction; "Does this paper meet the requirements for the degree?"

behoove

verb
To be appropriate or suitable to:
Archaic: beseem.
References in classic literature ?
Our dear companion Will Stutely hath been taken by that vile Sheriff's men, therefore doth it behoove us to take bow and brand in hand to bring him off again; for I wot that we ought to risk life and limb for him, as he hath risked life and limb for us.
Now we will lie here in ambush until we can get news, for it doth behoove us to be cunning and wary if we would bring our friend Will Stutely off from the Sheriff's clutches.
And the same sun, yellow and pale, as it behooves a Dutch sun to be, was shining in the skies; and the same grated window looked down upon him from the Buytenhof; and the same rabble, no longer yelling, but completely thunderstruck, were staring at him from the streets below.
Now, while discoursing of sperm, it behooves to speak of other things akin to it, in the business of preparing the sperm whale for the try-works.
But once posted in the bank, he fell for a time into a high degree of good fortune, which, as it was only a longer way about to fresh disaster, it behooves me to explain.
1 In the same interview, when asked about your husband, you said: "It doesn't behoove us to be a public couple.
But without our clearance Your memo won't move, So to beg for our blessing It would you behoove.
It would certainly behoove the faculty to take on more of an active role.
I" think it would be a bit Pollyannaesque to await reassurance that all is well in pharmacy- and technology-land It would behoove physicians to have as many non-pharmaceutical and non-technological tricks as can fit up the sleeves of their white coats.
what this is meant to do, essentially, is provide even greater incentives and greater information to customers about the widely varying cost of electricity and when it might actually behoove customers to make even greater efforts to strategically manage their loads and create even greater demand savings than they've found it economically beneficial to do up to this point.
Does it behoove us to invest the time and dollars it will take to tap that field for a resource that will last us only 2 years?