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behove

(bɪˈhəʊv) or

behoove

vb
(tr; impersonal) archaic to be necessary or fitting for: it behoves me to arrest you.
[Old English behōfian; related to Middle Low German behōven]
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behove


Past participle: behoved
Gerund: behoving

Imperative
behove
behove
Present
I behove
you behove
he/she/it behoves
we behove
you behove
they behove
Preterite
I behoved
you behoved
he/she/it behoved
we behoved
you behoved
they behoved
Present Continuous
I am behoving
you are behoving
he/she/it is behoving
we are behoving
you are behoving
they are behoving
Present Perfect
I have behoved
you have behoved
he/she/it has behoved
we have behoved
you have behoved
they have behoved
Past Continuous
I was behoving
you were behoving
he/she/it was behoving
we were behoving
you were behoving
they were behoving
Past Perfect
I had behoved
you had behoved
he/she/it had behoved
we had behoved
you had behoved
they had behoved
Future
I will behove
you will behove
he/she/it will behove
we will behove
you will behove
they will behove
Future Perfect
I will have behoved
you will have behoved
he/she/it will have behoved
we will have behoved
you will have behoved
they will have behoved
Future Continuous
I will be behoving
you will be behoving
he/she/it will be behoving
we will be behoving
you will be behoving
they will be behoving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been behoving
you have been behoving
he/she/it has been behoving
we have been behoving
you have been behoving
they have been behoving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been behoving
you will have been behoving
he/she/it will have been behoving
we will have been behoving
you will have been behoving
they will have been behoving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been behoving
you had been behoving
he/she/it had been behoving
we had been behoving
you had been behoving
they had been behoving
Conditional
I would behove
you would behove
he/she/it would behove
we would behove
you would behove
they would behove
Past Conditional
I would have behoved
you would have behoved
he/she/it would have behoved
we would have behoved
you would have behoved
they would have behoved
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.behove - 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?"
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behove

verb (Archaic) be fitting, benefit, be necessary, be wise, befit, be advisable, be obligatory, be incumbent upon, beseem I think it behoves us, sir, to get out of here with all speed.
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Translations

behove

[bɪˈhəʊv] behoove (US) [bɪˈhuːv] IMPERS VT (frm) it behoves him to + INFINle incumbe + infin
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behove

[bɪˈhəʊv] (= British) behoove [bɪˈhuːv] (US) vtincomber
It behoves us to → Il nous incombe de ...
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behove

, (US) behoove
vt impers (form)sich geziemen (geh)(sb to do sth für jdn, etw zu tun)
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behove

[bɪˈhəʊv] behoove (Am) [bɪˈhuːv] impers vt (old) (frm) to behove sb to do sthstare a qn (il) fare qc
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References in classic literature ?
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.
"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."
The US and Russian leaders together control more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear stockpile, which behooves the two nations to address the nuclear arms race, the US president said.
'At a time when the ruling party is this powerful, with a President with an authoritarian bent at its helm, it behooves the Senate-as it behooves the whole nation-that everything be done to secure and promote the legitimacy and impartiality of the impeachment proceedings,' she said in a statement.
It behooves every Kenyan to preserve the sanctity of the grounds not just for these noble reasons; the park is the most popular place in the CBD where members of the public retreat to enjoy the freshness of the 'city in the sun' and meditate upon the challenges of their daily struggles.
It behooves club owners, executives and managers to take responsibility for human capital risks, identify the nature of those risks, proactively respond and constantly send signals that they will not be the cause of any likely risk or club failure that is within their control."
"But John is passionate, John is convinced that this is a fatal flaw, and I think sometimes as legislators it behooves us to give people a vehicle to express their citizenship."
Having wrestled with difficulty after difficulty through the prolonged, painful period since the 1929 panic, it behooves every individual, every family, every organization, to resist quitting now that better days promise to dawn.