verb (used without object), be·haved, be·hav·ing.
verb (used with object), be·haved, be·hav·ing.
Origin of behave
Synonyms for behave
Related Words for be-havenotice, do, move, run, complete, engage, transport, work, serve, keep, produce, take, act, promote, conduct, achieve, function, execute, finish, behave
Examples from the Web for be-have
Historical Examples of be-have
Again it may be the first part of a verb like "be-come" or "be-have."Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem 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."The Story of Mankind
Hendrik van Loon
Atter de war was over Niggers got so rowdy dem Ku Kluxers come 'long to make 'em be-have deirselfs.'
What dey done den was 'most beat de life out of de Niggers to make 'em be-have.
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.