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definition of the word behove

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From Old English, from Old English behof (see more at behoof)

Infinitive
to behove

Third person singular
behoves

Simple past
behoved

Past participle
behoved

Present participle
behoving

to behove (third-person singular simple present behoves, present participle behoving, simple past and past participle behoved)

  1. To suit; to befit.
    • 1803, Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Benjamin Rush April 21.
      It behoves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others; or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
    • 2001 January 16, Sir Raymond Whitney, in the House of Commons Hansard Debates for 16 Jan 2001 (pt 23),[1]
      It behoves the Government to take note of that.
    • 2003 November 3, Tariq Ali, “Resistance is the first step towards Iraqi independence”,[2] The Guardian,
      Nor does it behove western commentators whose countries are occupying Iraq to lay down conditions for those opposing it.
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