Origin of Behave
From Middle English behaven, bihabben (“to restrain, behave”), equivalent to be- + have. Compare Old English behabban (“to include, hold, surround, comprehend, contain, detain, withhold, restrain”), Middle High German behaben (“to hold, take possession of”).
Middle English behaven be- be- haven to have have
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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