Advantage profit advantage interest use
- positive aspect; revenue; advantage; interest; usage.
utilize; benefit; revenue; service ; benefit. It takes place in conveyances, e. g., "to their and their usage and behoof." Stiles v. Japhet, 84 Tex. 91, 19 S. W. 450.
c.1200, "use, advantage, benefit;" Old English had bihoflic "useful," implying *bihof "advantage, energy;" from Proto-Germanic *bi-hof "that which binds, necessity, obligation" (cognates: Old Frisian bihof "advantage," Dutch behoef, Middle tall German bihuof "useful thing," German Behuf "benefit, use, advantage"). Inside common Germanic mixture, initial element, most likely intensive, is cognate with be- additionally the 2nd with Old English hof, past tight of hebban "to increase" (see heave (v.)). The initial sense is probably, after that, "trying out (for oneself)."
(v. t.) Advantage; revenue; advantage; interest; usage.
Envy, malice and uncharitableness are found in primitive society, as elsewhere, and in their behoof the mystic forces are not unfrequently unloosed by those who know how to do so.