• WordNet 3.6
    • v behove be appropriate or necessary "It behooves us to reflect on this matter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v Behove and derivatives. See Behoove, &c.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • behove Less correct spelling of behoove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Behove be-hōōv to be fit, right, or necessary for—now only used impersonally with it
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. behóf, dat. behove; A.S. behófian, to be fit, to stand in need of.


In literature:

There were no telegraphs or telegrams in those days, and it behoved him to write.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It behove him to be wary in dealing with this superb tigress.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
When an individual is miserable, what does it most of all behove him to do?
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
Fate, so he mused ruefully, writes certain sentences in our life-book, truly; but it behoves each one of us to fill in between the lines.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
But it behoves us both to be careful.
"The Mystery of the Green Ray" by William Le Queux
Of this strange Person it behoves me now to speak.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 1 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Conscience is the voice of God, Captain Parsons; if it does not speak to you, it behoves others to speak in its place.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
So it behoves us both to be very wary.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
It therefore behoves Us to issue commands for personal reformation, in order to avert the impending calamity.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
Saturday evening brought a company together at the "Good Woman," whom it behoved him to treat.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
Let us conduct ourselves as behoves comrades who have a common cause at heart.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
It behoved him now as a widower to forget the deceased lady's faults, and to put her under the ground with solemnity.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
Sufficient for him that he knew himself in the danger zone, and therefore it behoved him to be very wary.
"The Rhodesian" by Gertrude Page
Yet for that reason it behoved them to have a care in their dealings with her.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
It was a delicate infant, therefore it behoved her to make it strong.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Miss Feemy, that's in course too; but then a young woman is behove to do something for her family.
"The Macdermots of Ballycloran" by Anthony Trollope
It had ben to me, or els it had behoved me.
"An Introductorie for to Lerne to Read, To Pronounce, and to Speke French Trewly" by Anonymous
And it is for that struggle that it behoves us to prepare while the war is still at its height.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Now, more than ever, it behoves me to adopt this precaution.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
Our own were in danger whether the Duke of Wellwood lived or died; and we behoved to look limber if we were to save them at all.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett

In poetry:

—But now behoves to change the sorrowing scene,
From heroes, kingdoms, empires, worlds o'erthrown:
Who can such sights behold, serene!
I melt for others, — others more our own.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Mr. Dooddle called his Caucus .... And he put it to them tersely:
"Gentlemen, it now behoves us, seeing all the votes we've got,
To be very, very careful lest we're criticised adversely.
Never mind the Red-haired voters; we have got them in the pot.
"Git-Yer-Gun" by C J Dennis

In science:

Although we will leave much of the detail of the LPT expansion to I, it behoves us here to discuss those elements relevant to the translation of our diagrams into the corresponding analytic LPT expressions.
Self-consistent electron counting statistics
This search will be the sub ject of a separate paper, but it behoves us to assemble the clues which are now ready to hand.
Virtual algebraic Lie theory: Tilting modules and Ringel duals for blob algebras
Therefore, in this brief survey of current topics in neutrino astrophysics it behoves us to discuss what astrophysics and cosmology contribute to the current debate in neutrino physics and what the future perspectives are.
Neutrino Astrophysics at the Cross Roads