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Definition of behove verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

behove

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊv//
 
(British English) (North American English behoove
BrE BrE//bɪˈhuːv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhuːv//
 
)
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they behove
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊv//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊv//
 
he / she / it behoves
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊvz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊvz//
 
past simple behoved
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊvd//
 
past participle behoved
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊvd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊvd//
 
-ing form behoving
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊvɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊvɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Old English behōfian, from behōf, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch behoef and German Behuf, also to heave.Idioms
it behoves somebody to do something
 
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(formal) it is right or necessary for somebody to do something It behoves us to study these findings carefully. It ill behoves her (= she ought not) to criticize her colleagues.