Meaning of behoove

be•hoove

Pronunciation: (bi-hv'), [key]
— v., -hooved, -hoov•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on: It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially.
  2. to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage: It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you.
—v.i.
  1. to be needful, proper, or due: Perseverance is a quality that behooves in a scholar.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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