An example of behave is when you do what you are told at school, using your indoor voice and following all directions.
This fabric behaves well even in hot weather.
Did you behave yourself at the party?
The witness behaved herself with great calmness.
You need to behave yourself, young lady.
Who his limbs with labours, and his mind / Behaues with cares, cannot so easie mis.
His mother threatened to spank him if he didn't behave.
He behaves like a child whenever she's around.
How did the students behave while I was gone?
My laptop has been behaving erratically ever since you borrowed it.
Origin of behave
- Middle English behaven be- be- haven to have have
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).