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 well-behaved
On the other hand, there is, in fact, a glut of perfectly healthy and well-behaved dogs and cats that need homes.
Their challenge is to find purpose and a voice, beyond being the well-behaved baubles expected of them.
It seems to have started with Kathryn Skaggs who, according to the title of her blog, is “A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman.”
If you decide to take as allies only well-behaved liberal democracies, you will not get very much done in the world.
With Jake's well-behaved Texas background, it seemed like he and Tenley were the perfect match.
This absurd affair would ruin his reputation of a sensible, well-behaved, promising young officer.A Set of Six|Joseph Conrad
Schriften was quiet and well-behaved; talked much with Amine, but with nobody else.The Phantom Ship|Frederick Marryat
All having promised to be serious and well-behaved, Madame de Moncar approached the old man.
Ellis continued, as at first, one of the most quiet, well-behaved men in the ship.The Ferryman of Brill|William H. G. Kingston
Boarding was not very convenient, even with a quiet, well-behaved cat but with her it was a dreadful experience.Daisy|Miranda Eliot Swan
adjective (well behaved when postpositive)
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.