Definition of behove in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈhəʊv/
(US behoove /bɪˈhuːv/)


[with object] (it behoves someone to do something) formal
1It is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something: it behoves the House to assure itself that there is no conceivable alternative
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  • Having said that, and because I don't wish to be a downer, I must say that I believe that it behoves me to act as an optimist, because the alternative is completely without redeeming features.
  • When you come to the point where listing the components of one aspect of a poem requires more words than the poem itself it behoves you to pull back, hastily, as from a bed of fierce, fiery nettles.
  • The services should remain… and it behoves us to carry out that regardless of Europeans or anyone else… we are running the show here in the Midlands.
be incumbent on, be obligatory for, be required of, be appropriate for, be expected of, be advisable for, be sensible for, be wise for
befit, become, suit;
be fitting to, be suitable for, be seemly for, be proper for, be decorous for
1.1 [with negative] It is appropriate or suitable; it befits: it ill behoves Opposition Members to decry the sale of arms to friendly countries
More example sentences
  • The point in this case, my Lord, is that the claimant has never applied to work and we have not considered whether or not she can work, so it ill behoves her to suggest that we are preventing her from doing so.
  • "It ill behooves a tube inspector to let a bias towards a meaningless relationship creep into his reporting" I said.
  • But I think it ill behooves them when this is a compulsory program for all the rest of the people in the country -- that they should somehow be exempt from this program.


Old English behōfian, from behōf (see behoof).

Words that rhyme with behove

clove, cove, dove, drove, fauve, grove, interwove, Jove, mauve, rove, shrove, stove, strove, trove, wove

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