Behooved



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.
Historical Examples

The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
Diane of the Green Van Leona Dalrymple
The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
Robin Frances Hodgson Burnett
Aurelian William Ware
On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour
Chester Rand Horatio Alger, Jr
The Law-Breakers and Other Stories Robert Grant
The Millionaire Baby Anna Katharine Green

v.

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]

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