behove

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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]

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
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?"

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.
Translations

behove

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

behove

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

behove

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

behove

[bɪˈhəʊv] behoove (Am) [bɪˈhuːv] impers vt (old) (frm) to behove sb to do sthstare a qn (il) fare qc
References in classic literature ?
It behoves him well if he be still in life," responded the townsman.
But to a large and thorough sweeping comprehension of him, it behoves me now to unbutton him still further, and untagging the points of his hose, unbuckling his garters, and casting loose the hooks and the eyes of the joints of his innermost bones, set him before you in his ultimatum; that is to say, in his unconditional skeleton.
The wanton wind had been so busily kissing them all the morning that they were quite dry, so I was able to find room for them in my knapsack without danger to the other contents; and, with a hasty good-day to their recent possessor, I set off at full speed to find a secure nook where I could throw myself down on the grass, and let loose the absurd laughter that was dangerously bottled up within me; but even before I do that it behoves me if possible to vindicate my sanity to the reader.
At last his Sail-broad Vannes He spreads for flight, and in the surging smoak Uplifted spurns the ground, thence many a League As in a cloudy Chair ascending rides Audacious, but that seat soon failing, meets A vast vacuitie: all unawares Fluttring his pennons vain plumb down he drops Ten thousand fadom deep, and to this hour Down had been falling, had not by ill chance The strong rebuff of som tumultuous cloud Instinct with Fire and Nitre hurried him As many miles aloft: that furie stay'd, Quencht in a Boggie SYRTIS, neither Sea, Nor good dry Land: nigh founderd on he fares, Treading the crude consistence, half on foot, Half flying; behoves him now both Oare and Saile.
It behoves you to be on the alert and keep watch, that they surprise you not.
Where our Sheriff has failed, and the stout Guy of Gisborne, and many more beside, it behoves not a mere tinker to succeed.
If anything could turn her, I should ha' turned her, for I've talked to her for a hour on end, and scolded her too; for she's my own sister's child, and it behoves me to do what I can for her.
Now as a meaning is generally attached to these two words no way flattering to the individual to whom they are applied, it behoves me, for the sake of my own character, to offer some explanation of my conduct.
Therefore, in one situate as thou art, it particularly behoves thee to remember this with both kinds of faces.
Impassive, as behoves its high breeding, the Dedlock town house stares at the other houses in the street of dismal grandeur and gives no outward sign of anything going wrong within.
But in my judgment it behoves us, as Directors, to consider whether we will regard it as our whole business to carry out propositions emanating from a single quarter.
Nearly all the nasty accidents you meet with in the Gardens occur because the fairies have taken an ill-will to you, and so it behoves you to be careful what you say about them.