Pronunciation: (bi-hOOv'), [key]
—v., -hooved, -hoov•ing.
(chiefly in impersonal use)
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.
Archaic.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.