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Definitions of behave

  1. 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
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; - used reflexively. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To conduct, carry, or manage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To act; conduct oneself in a proper manner. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. (with self) To bear or carry, to conduct. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. 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.
  11. To conduct one's self; to act. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To conduct (oneself); act; act properly or suitably. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To conduct; to demean. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. 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.
  15. To govern; to conduct; to act. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; -- used reflexively. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; used reflexively. dictgcide_fs
  18. be-h[=a]v', v.t. to bear or carry, to conduct (with self).--v.i. to conduct one's self, also to conduct one's self well: to act.--n. BEHAVIOUR (be-h[=a]v'yür), conduct: manners or deportment, esp. good manners: general course of life: treatment of others.--TO BE UPON ONE'S BEHAVIOUR, to be placed where one's best behaviour is politic or necessary. [Formed, according to Dr Murray, in 15th century from be- and HAVE; apparently unconnected with A.S. behabban.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. (Intr., usu. with adv.) conduct oneself, act, (rarely abs., esp. to or of children) conduct oneself with propriety, b. towards, treat (well &c.); (refl., usu. of or to children, & usu. without adv.) show good manners; (of machines &c., intr. or refl.) work (well, badly, &c.); behaved p.p. (with well-, ill-), having good, bad, manners or conduct. Concise Oxford Dictionary

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