One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Benefit or advantage.‘to make laws for the behoof of the colony’
benefit, advantage, use, value, virtue, usefulness, utility, service, gain, profit, avail, validity, help, assistance, aidView synonyms
- ‘But in May 1650, he sold Gorbals to the Magistrates and Council of Glasgow; to be held by them - one fourth for the behoof of the city, two-fourths for behoof of Hutcheson's Hospital and one-fourth for behoof of the Trades’ Hospital.’
- ‘(b) the words ‘or a member makes a trust deed for behoof of his creditors or a composition contract’ shall be omitted.’
- ‘To the use and behoof of Richard Rust and Susanna his wife, his heirs and Susanna's forever more.’
Old English behōf, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch behoef and German Behuf, also to heave.
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