be·hoove / biˈhoōv/ (Brit. be·hove / -ˈhōv/ ) • v. [tr.] (it behooves someone to do something) formal it is a duty or responsibility for someone to do something; it is incumbent on: it behooves any coach to study his predecessors. ∎ it is appropriate or suitable; it befits: it ill behooves the opposition constantly to decry the sale of arms to friendly countries.