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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 ?
They are such, in all respects, as it behooves your nearest kinsman to make.
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.
Notwithstanding his special acuteness and ability, he is unable to take a fact out of its merely political relations, and behold it as it lies absolutely to be disposed of by the intellect--what, for instance, it behooves a man to do here in American today with regard to slavery--but ventures, or is driven, to make some such desperate answer to the following, while professing to speak absolutely, and as a private man--from which what new and singular of social duties might be inferred?
But still thy words at random, as before, Argue thy inexperience what behooves From hard assaies and ill successes past A faithful Leader, not to hazard all Through wayes of danger by himself untri'd.
They will dance, and it behooves thy father, who has swept all the hills of all the elephants, to double-chain his pickets to-night.
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.
It behooves me to be calm and patient, to learn the way of the people, to get a clear idea of the method of my loss, and the means of getting materials and tools; so that in the end, perhaps, I may make another.
It behooves you, fellow-countrymen, to consider in what aspect we shall stand before the world, and what will be the verdict of impartial history, should we suffer these accumulated outrages to go unavenged.
Jove, moreover, has vouchsafed you to wield the sceptre and to uphold righteousness, that you may take thought for your people under you; therefore it behooves you above all others both to speak and to give ear, and to out the counsel of another who shall have been minded to speak wisely.
The sight of that sap, as it exudes with the heat, is painful to me, Richard, Really, it behooves the owner of woods so extensive as mine, to be cautious what example he sets his people, who are already felling the forests as if no end could be found to their treasures, nor any limits to their extent.
One of its lessons, for instance, might be, that it behooves men, and especially men of benevolence, to consider well what they are about, and, before acting on their philanthropic purposes, to be quite sure that they comprehend the nature and all the relations of the business in hand.
So it behooves us to leave at the first moment that appears at all propitious.