How is the word `behove’ pronounced?

There are two ways of spelling this word. The British spell it “behove”, while the Americans spell it “behoove”. No matter how you spell the word, it is pronounced the same way. The first “e” is like the “I” in “bit”, “kit”, and “sit”; the following “o” is like the “o” in “go”, “so”, and “no”. The final “e” is silent and the stress is on the second syllable. The word sounds like “behove”, and it is mostly used in rather formal contexts. “Behove” means “appropriate” or “necessary”. If it behoves you to do something, it is necessary for you to do it.

Example: “Remember, you are under oath. It behoves you to tell the truth”.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – October 22, 2007

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