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 behave
And given how they behave at moments like this, you can see why that is.Will 5 Million Undocumented Immigrants Take Obama's Tough Love Immigration Deal?|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These roles include the whole moral structure of society—how you are to behave; what kind of clothing you are to wear.
So, if his father was like that, and Cumming shares his voracious sexual appetite, how does he behave differently?
No one has to know you have a bunch of dough, and you can behave any way you want.Bill Murray’s Words of Wisdom: On Comedy, the Greatness of In-N-Out, and Searching For Great Love|Marlow Stern|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nothing about coming to a small town and telling them how to behave (or vote) is exactly democratic.
The money at the door, and that everyone should behave as ladies and gentlemen, were the only things insisted upon.The Malefactor|E. Phillips Oppenheim
I've got—for my own sake—to behave to that man as finely as he behaved to me.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
I soon found the only way to set her at her ease was to behave as if we were two girls on equal terms.The Pillars of the House, Vol. II (of 2)|Charlotte M. Yonge
Two strange hounds, meeting for the first time, behave as civilly toward each other as if two men.Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and, Other Papers|John Burroughs
"Thou promised to behave with greater patience," said the hermit, interrupting him.Voltaire's Romances|Franois-Marie Arouet
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.