verb (used without object), be·haved, be·hav·ing.
verb (used with object), be·haved, be·hav·ing.
- behan, brendan,
- behavior disorder,
- behavior medicine,
- behavior modification,
- behavior pattern
Origin of behave
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
Word Origin for behave
early 15c., from be- intensive prefix + have in sense of "to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport" (cf. German sich behaben, French se porter). Cognate Old English compound behabban meant "to contain," and alternatively the modern sense of behave might have evolved from behabban via a notion of "self-restraint." Related: Behaved; behaving.