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 ?
Yes, there was Lord Decimus Tite Barnacle, who had risen to official heights on the wings of one indignant idea, and that was, My Lords, that I am yet to be told that it behoves a Minister of this free country to set bounds to the philanthropy, to cramp the charity, to fetter the public spirit, to contract the enterprise, to damp the independent self- reliance, of its people.
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.
It behoves him well if he be still in life," responded the townsman.
It behoves you; therefore, to exhort her to repentance and to confession, as a proof and consequence thereof.
Then it behoves me to tell your fortune; or so far as I may.
But the herd is heading a little this-a-way, and it behoves us to make ready for their visit.
A band of Pawnees are outlying for these very Siouxes, as you see the buzzards looking down for their food, and it behoves us, as Christian men who have so much at stake, to look down upon them both.
So it ill behoves the SNP on Aberdeen Council to start whingeing about the labour led administration sending out pro-union literature with council tax bills.
Already there is concern about the ability of hospitals to cope if there is a bad winter, and it behoves all those who are in my age group to do all we can to look after ourselves at home, and not have to be rushed to accident and emergency.
Anyway, I think it behoves us (a good word, behove, we should use it more often) to do what we can to give Cartmel a boost because it's one of the idiosyncratic glories of British racing, to be cherished.
SIR - Given the complete dog's breakfast made by the Tories which masquerades as reform of the NHS in England, it ill behoves Darren Millar to act as cheer leader in political mischief making surrounding the work of Professor Longley ("Watchdog's warning over NHS' financial viability", July 12).