[ bih-heyv ]
/ bɪˈheɪv /
verb (used without object), be·haved, be·hav·ing.
to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well.
to act properly: Did the child behave?
to act or react under given circumstances: This plastic behaves strangely under extreme heat or cold.
verb (used with object), be·haved, be·hav·ing.
to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself.
Related formsun·be·hav·ing, adjectivewell-be·haved, adjective
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Examples from the Web for be-have
Again, it may be the first part of a verb like "be-come" or "be-have."The Story of Mankind|Hendrik van Loon
Again, it may be the first part of a verb like be-come or be-have.The Story of Mankind|Hendrik Van Loon
Again it may be the first part of a verb like "be-come" or "be-have."Ancient Man|Hendrik Willem van Loon
British Dictionary definitions for be-have
/ (bɪˈheɪv) /
(intr) to act or function in a specified or usual way
to conduct (oneself) in a specified wayhe behaved badly towards her
to conduct (oneself) properly or as desiredthe child behaved himself all day
Word Origin for behave
C15: see be-, have
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