(Be*hold"en) p. a. [Old p. p. of behold, used in the primitive sense of the simple verb hold.]
Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.
But being so beholden to the Prince.
(Be*hold"er) n. One who beholds; a spectator.
(Be*hold"ing), a. Obliged; beholden. [Obs.]
I was much bound and beholding to the right reverend father.
So much hath Oxford been beholding to her nephews, or sister's children.
(Be*hold"ing), n. The act of seeing; sight; also, that which is beheld. Shak.
(Be*hold"ing*ness), n., The state of being obliged or beholden. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.
(Be*hoof") n. [OE. to bihove for the use of, AS. behf advantage, a word implied in behflic
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.] Advantage; profit; benefit; interest; use.
No mean recompense it brings
To your behoof.
(Be*hoov"a*ble) a. Supplying need; profitable; advantageous. [Obs.] Udall.
(Be*hoove") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Behooved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Behooving.] [OE. bihoven,
behoven, AS. behfian to have need of, fr. behf. See Behoof.] To be necessary for; to be fit for; to be
meet for, with respect to necessity, duty, or convenience; mostly used impersonally.
And thus it behooved Christ to suffer.
Luke xxiv. 46.
[Also written behove.]
(Be*hoove") v. i. To be necessary, fit, or suitable; to befit; to belong as due. Chaucer.
(Be*hoove"), n. Advantage; behoof. [Obs.]
It shall not be to his behoove.
(Be*hoove"ful) a. Advantageous; useful; profitable. [Archaic] Be*hoove"ful*ly, adv.
Be*hoove"ful*ness, n. [Archaic]
(Be*hove") v., and derivatives. See Behoove, &c.
(Be*hove"ly), a. & adv. Useful, or usefully. [Obs.]
(Be*howl") v. t. To howl at. [Obs.]
The wolf behowls the moon.
(||Beige) n. [F.] Debeige.
(Beild) n. [Prob. from the same root as build, v. t.] A place of shelter; protection; refuge. [Scot.
& Prov. Eng.] [Also written bield and beeld.]
The random beild o' clod or stane.