- 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.
- to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself.
Origin of behave
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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
November 28, 2014
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
June 16, 2014
And also, people back then behaved differently than they do now.Grant Heslov Is the Robin to George Clooney’s Batman
February 7, 2014
“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
November 9, 2013
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’
October 31, 2013
Early in the afternoon her uncle came, and behaved to her very kindly.Weighed and Wanting
Sidney's heart, considering what was happening to it, behaved very well.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Yet they behaved with Oriental composure and calmly accepted the inevitable.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
She had behaved as coolly as if she had been in a dining-room and he had been completely clothed.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
They behaved precisely as if I had a girl in tow and wanted to be left alone.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
- (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 and History for behaved
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.