I. verb — [with obj.] ( it behoves someone to do something) 1.
‹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).