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Benefit; advantage: using public funds for their own behoof.
[Middle English bihove, from Old English behōf; see kap- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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n, pl -hooves
rare advantage or profit
[Old English behōf; related to Middle High German behuof something useful; see behove]
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n., pl. -hooves (ˈhuvz)
[before 1000; Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need]
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