Definition of behoove in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈho͞ov/
(British behove /-ˈhōv/)


[with object] (it behooves someone to do something) formal
1It is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on: it behooves any coach to study his predecessors
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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 expected of, be appropriate for
befit, become, suit
1.1 [with negative] It is appropriate or suitable; it befits: it ill behooves the opposition constantly to decry the sale of arms to friendly countries
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  • 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).

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Syllabification: be·hoove

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