Behave Definition

behaved, behaves, behaving
behaved, behaves, behaving
To conduct oneself in a specified way, especially in relation to others; exhibit behavior.
The child behaved badly at the party.
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To conduct (oneself or itself) in a specified way; act or react.
Webster's New World
To conduct oneself in a proper way.
I told the child to behave.
American Heritage
To conduct (oneself) in a correct or proper way.
Webster's New World
To act, react, function, or perform in a particular way.
This fabric behaves well even in hot weather.
American Heritage

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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English behaven be- be- haven to have have

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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