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  Dictionary Definition of behave

behave
verb, behaved, behaving.

-- verb (i)
1. to conduct oneself or itself; act: the ship behaves well.
2. to act in a socially acceptable manner: did the child behave?
-- phrase
3. behave oneself, a. to conduct oneself in a specified way. b. to conduct oneself properly.
[late ME, apparently from BE- + HAVE hold oneself a certain way]