Definitions for: Behave


[v] behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
[v] behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
[v] behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave"



Webster (1913) Definition: Be*have", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Behaved; p. pr. & vb.
n. Behaving.] [AS. behabban to surround, restrain, detain
(akin to G. gehaben (obs.) to have, sich gehaben to behave or
carry one's self); pref. be- + habban to have. See Have, v.
t. ]
1. To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline;
to handle; to restrain. [Obs.]

He did behave his anger ere 't was spent. --Shak.

2. To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; --
used reflexively.

Those that behaved themselves manfully. --2 Macc.
ii. 21.


Be*have", v. i.
To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to
behave well or ill.

Note: This verb is often used colloquially without an adverb
of manner; as, if he does not behave, he will be
punished. It is also often applied to inanimate
objects; as, the ship behaved splendidly.

Synonyms: acquit, act, bear, carry, comport, conduct, deport, do

Antonyms: misbehave, misconduct, misdemean

See Also: act, act involuntarily, act reflexively, act up, assert, assert oneself, backslap, bluster, break down, bungle, dally, dawdle, deal, fluster, follow, footle, freeze, frivol, hold, hugger mugger, jest, joke, loosen up, lose it, make, make as if, menace, move, optimise, optimize, piffle, pose, puff up, put forward, quack, rage, ramp, relax, remember oneself, romanticize, sauce, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, sentimentise, sentimentize, stooge, storm, swagger, swash, swell, toy, trifle, vulgarise, vulgarize, walk, walk around, wanton

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