behoof (n.) c.1200, "use, benefit, advantage;" O.E. had bihoflic "useful," implying *bihof "advantage, utility;" from P.Gmc. *bi-hof "that which binds, requirement, obligation" (Cf. O.Fris. bihof "advantage," Du. behoef, M.H.G. bihuof "useful thing," Ger. behuf "benefit, use, advantage"). In the common Germanic compound, the first element, likely intensive, is cognate with BE- (Cf. be-) and the second with O.E. hof, past tense of hebban "to raise" (see HEAVE (Cf. heave) (v.)). The original sense is perhaps, then, "taking up (for oneself)."

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  • Behoof — Be*hoof , n. [OE. to bihove for the use of, AS. beh?f advantage, a word implied in beh?fl[=i]c necessary; akin to Sw. behof, Dan. behov, G. behuf, and E. heave, the root meaning to seize, hence the meanings to hold, make use of. See {Heave}, v. t …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behoof — index advantage, behalf, benefit (betterment) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • behoof — [bē ho͞of′, biho͞of′] n. [ME bihove, profit, benefit < OE behofe (dat. of * bihof) < WGmc * behafjan < be + * hafjan: see HEAVE] behalf, benefit, interest, sake, etc …   English World dictionary

  • behoof — noun Etymology: Middle English behof, from Old English behōf profit, need; akin to Old English hebban to raise more at heave Date: before 12th century advantage, profit < for his own behoof > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • behoof — /bi hoohf /, n., pl. behooves /hoohvz /. use; advantage; benefit: The money was spent for his own behoof. [bef. 1000; ME behove, OE behof profit, need; c. D behoef, G Behuf] * * * …   Universalium

  • behoof — /biˈhʊf/ (say bee hoof) noun Archaic use; advantage; benefit: on my behoof. {Middle English behove, Old English behōf profit, need} …   Australian English dictionary

  • behoof — Use; benefit; profit; service; advantage. It occurs in conveyances, e.g., to his and their use and behoof …   Black's law dictionary

  • behoof — noun /bɪˈhuːf/ Advantage or benefit. See Also: behoove, behovely …   Wiktionary

  • behoof — Synonyms and related words: advantage, avail, behalf, benefit, benison, blessing, boon, convenience, gain, good, interest, percentage, point, profit, service, use, value, welfare, well being, world of good, worth …   Moby Thesaurus

  • behoof — sb. RG. 348. [byefþe], ib. 354 …   Oldest English Words

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