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Historical Examples

It seemed to behove me to come to you and offer you my hand i’ your affliction.
Julia And Her Romeo: A Chronicle Of Castle Barfield David Christie Murray

There must be something behind all this; and so it behove him to keep his eyes open.
The Count’s Millions Emile Gaboriau

If he goes to these kinsfolk, as I believe it will be well for him to do, it will behove him to go right humbly and reverently.
The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green

It does not behove a master of hounds to seek counsel in difficulty from anyone.
The Landleaguers Anthony Trollope

When an individual is miserable, what does it most of all behove him to do?
Past and Present Thomas Carlyle

Shields had said it was thirty miles, and it behove the driver to make it seem as short as possible.
The Orphan Clarence E. Mulford

Well doth it behove every true son of the Church to rally round her at such a moment.
The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green

They, too, were both mistaken in the real cause; but of that it does not behove to speak at present.
The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 1 (of 3) James Hogg

In all ways, it behoved men to quit simulacra and return to fact; cost what it might, that did behove to be done.
Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History Thomas Carlyle

It did not behove even those who would win by the transaction to stand up for its honesty.
The Duke’s Children Anthony Trollope

(transitive; impersonal) (archaic) to be necessary or fitting for: it behoves me to arrest you

chiefly British English spelling of behoove.


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