to be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on:
It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially.
to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage:
It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you.
Archaic. to be needful, proper, or due:
Perseverance is a quality that behooves in a scholar.
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Historically, it rimes with move, prove, but being now mainly a literary word, it is generally made to rime with rove, grove, by those who know it only in books. [OED]
to be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on: It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially. to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage: It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you. Archaic. to be needful, proper, or due: Perseverance is […]
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