Question by  Goofy (22)

What does behoove mean?

I hear people use this word but I can't figure out what it means.


Answer by  Lynn82 (237)

Behoove is a verb that means "to be in the best interest. " For example, "it would behoove you to study" means it would "be in your best interest" to study.


Answer by  wallaby78 (2293)

Behoove means benefit. For example, in the sentence "It would behoove you to check a dictionary or at least look the word up online" the meaning is that it would be beneficial, or useful, or a good thing to do to check the dictionary or look the word up online.


Answer by  Phil97 (569)

Behoove, a word for old English, means to be advantageous for a person to do. It can also mean to be proper or necessary to for a person to do.


Answer by  Cathy65 (652)

Behoove means to be necessary for, or to be proper for. It can also mean to be worthwhile for. An example of this word in a sentence is: "It would behoove you to do your chores if you want to ask your mom for a favor".


Answer by  diane23 (1167)

Mirriam-Webster's dictionary defines it as "to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for", so generally it's used to say that something would be a good idea to do.

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