Be*hoove" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Behooved (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Behooving.] [OE. bihoven, behoven, AS. behfian to have need of, fr. behf. See Behoof.]

To be necessary for; to be fit for; to be meet for, with respect to necessity, duty, or convenience; -- mostly used impersonally.

And thus it behooved Christ to suffer. Luke xxiv. 46.

[Also written behove.]

 

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Be*hoove" (?), v. i.

To be necessary, fit, or suitable; to befit; to belong as due.

Chaucer.

 

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Be*hoove", n.

Advantage; behoof.

[Obs.]

It shall not be to his behoove. Gower.

 

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