An example of behoove is the effect a lecture on college scholarships has for graduating high school seniors.
transitive verb-·hooved′, -·hoov′ing
Origin of behooveMiddle English bihofian from Old English behofian, to have need of from behoof
intransitive verb-·hoved′, -·hov′ing
verbbe·hooved, be·hoov·ing, be·hooves
Origin of behooveMiddle English behoven from Old English behōfian ; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present behooves, present participle behooving, simple past and past participle behooved)
Middle English behoven, from Old English behōfian "to need", from Old English behōf+ian. Cognate with Swedish: behöva.