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 behaved
“François Hollande never said a word out of line to me or behaved inappropriately with me—unlike many a politician,” she writes.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We were very happy when ISIS took over the area and drove the Iraq Army out and at first they behaved very well.Under an ISIS Flag, the Sons of Mosul Are Rallying|Andrew Slater|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And also, people back then behaved differently than they do now.Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman|Andrew Romano|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“They praised Fazlullah and talked about his long hair, the way he rode a horse and behaved like the Prophet,” Malala writes.Who Is Fazlullah? The Pakistani Mullah Who Targeted Malala|Michael Daly|November 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One is that, from the outset, they acted and behaved just as they saw themselves—as a tightly-knit group.What Made the Beatles So Big? Diagnosing ‘Beatlemania’|John McMillian|October 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Behaved like a lamb, although he insisted upon going through with his little humbug," I said.A Far Country, Complete|Winston Churchill
You behaved beautifully to her at dinner; I was so happy to see you together.The Way We Live Now|Anthony Trollope
Samson behaved as if this was a new light to him, but offered no objection to receive Herbert if the convent willed.
I've got—for my own sake—to behave to that man as finely as he behaved to me.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
For certain of the sailors, who up to this point had behaved well enough, suddenly flung aside their good behaviour.Marjorie|Justin Huntly McCarthy
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.