behove /bɪˈhəʊv / ‹US› behoove /bɪˈhuːv/


I. verb [with obj.] ( it behoves someone to do something)

‹formal› it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something

it behoves the House to assure itself that there is no conceivable alternative.
2. [with negative]
‹formal› it is appropriate or suitable; it befits

it ill behoves Opposition Members to decry the sale of arms to friendly countries.

– origin Old English behōfian, from behōf (see behoof).

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