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Definitions of behave

  1. To act; to conduct one's self; to conduct one's self well. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To conduct (oneself); act; act properly or suitably. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; - used reflexively. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To conduct, carry, or manage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. (with self) To bear or carry, to conduct. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To conduct one's self: to act. This word, when used intransitively and reflexively, has sometimes, in colloquial language, a good sense, having the force of to behave well, to conduct one's self well, the modifying adverb being implied; as, the boy will get his holidays if he behaves; behave yourselves and you will be duly rewarded. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. To conduct one's self; to act. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To conduct; to demean. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To govern; to conduct; to act. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for behave

  1. Why, it will take the whole Maynard family to make you behave yourself, let alone the rest of us. – Marjorie's Busy Days by Carolyn Wells
  2. You have to learn to " roll," and I couldn't make my left hand behave – Homeburg Memories by George Helgesen Fitch
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