Use; benefit; profit; service; advantage. It occurs in conveyances, e.g., "to his and their use and behoof."

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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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 — (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… …   Etymology 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 — 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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