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v. be·hooved, be·hoov·ing, be·hooves
To be necessary or proper for: It behooves you at least to try.
To be necessary or proper.
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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]
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Past participle: behooved
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|Verb||1.||behoove - be appropriate or necessary; "It behooves us to reflect on this matter"|
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