• WordNet 3.6
    • v behave 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 behave in a certain manner "She carried herself well","he bore himself with dignity","They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
    • v behave behave well or properly "The children must learn to behave"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most widely accepted legend associated to the discovery of coffee is of the goatherder named Kaldi of Ethiopia. Around the year 800-850 A.D., Kaldi was amazed as he noticed his goats behaving in a frisky manner after eating the leaves and berries of a coffee shrub.
    • v. i Behave To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill.☞ 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.
    • Behave To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; -- used reflexively. "Those that behaved themselves manfully."
    • Behave To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain. "He did behave his anger ere 't was spent."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • behave To govern; manage; conduct; regulate.
    • behave With a reflexive pronoun, to conduct, comport, acquit, or demean. In some specified way.
    • behave Absolutely, in a commendable or proper way; well or properly: as, behave yourself; they will not behave themselves.
    • behave To employ or occupy.
    • behave [The reflexive pronoun omitted.] To act in any relation; have or exhibit a mode of action or conduct: used of persons, and also of things having motion or operation.
    • behave In a particular manner, as specified: as, to behave well or ill; the ship behaves well.
    • behave Absolutely, in a proper manner: as, why do you not behave?
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Behave be-hāv′ to bear or carry, to conduct (with self)
    • v.i Behave to conduct one's self, also to conduct one's self well: to act
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  • Sharon Stone
    Sharon Stone
    “We Barbie dolls are not supposed to behave the way I do.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.”
  • Walt W. Rostow
    Walt W. Rostow
    “We are the greatest power in the world. If we behave like it.”
  • Tertullian
    “You can judge the quality of their faith from the way they behave. Discipline is an index to doctrine.”
  • Compton Mackenzie
    Compton Mackenzie
    “Women do not find it difficult nowadays to behave like men, but they often find it extremely difficult to behave like gentlemen.”
  • May Sarton
    “One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)


In literature:

The rest of the dozen are of various colours, sizes and ages, some quite old, but all very quiet and well-behaved.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
But he behaved very well.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
He has behaved very well.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
He had forgotten all the niceties of civilization; he no longer knew how to behave.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Don't you remember how he behaved about the Irish Land Question?
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
If you expect to go around with us, you'll have to behave like a human being.
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
He had, however, behaved very badly to Alice, and the match had been broken off.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
The young man has behaved admirably, and we can not but esteem him.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
He has a way with him, like Father O'Flynn, and the tradesmen behaved beautifully.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
Everyone at the school realized that the Cuckoo was trying to behave herself.
"For the Sake of the School" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

What do I see
Written above there? Yesterday
I did behave me carelessly,
When I did pray.
"The Method" by George Herbert
Oh, when I was in love with you,
Then I was clean and brave,
And miles around the wonder grew
How well did I behave.
"XVIII: Oh, when I was in love with you" by A E Housman
A-watchin' how the sea behaves
For hours and hours I sit;
And I know the sea is full o' waves —
I've often noticed it.
"Meditations Of A Mariner" by Wallace Irwin
Sire exclaimed Bossuet,
“You are behaving in a gross way.”
“Still it’s rather a lark,”
Replied the Grande Monarque.
"Clerihew – Bossuet" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
Victor stood in the doorway,
He didn't utter a word:
She said; 'What's the matter, darling?'
He behaved as if he hadn't heard.
"Victor" by W H Auden
As a lamb I'd behave,
As a lion be brave,
As a lynx clearly see,
As a fox cunning be.
As a lamb I'd behave,
As a lion be brave.
"Lover In All Shapes" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Advice on how to get unruly twins to behave .
Crate-training helps dogs behave .
And the Left Thinks Tea Partiers Behave Like Hostage Takers.
Learn to Behave Like a Chimpanzee With Andy Serkis.
Real spies don't behave like Bond.
And so far people have been behaving themselves, Riggs said.
More than 40 years ago today, Sullins taught the kids to behave .
Already, they're inundated with advice on the issues they'll be facing: the fiscal cliff, crises overseas, how to behave in a highly partisan Congress.
In the campaign, the party behaved as if there was a revolution.
"They're actually incredibly well behaved," says Broccoli of the dogs.
Her attorney Yale Galanter told the gossip site, " Brooke was uncomfortable with the way Adderall was making her behave," and that's what led her to commit to the long-term, live-in rehab program.
Brooke 's attorney, Yale Galanter, tells TMZ, " Brooke was uncomfortable with the way Adderall was making her behave.".
"Maybe what it points to is that the police behave differently in different neighborhoods and maybe those kind of brutal behaviors happen in neighborhoods where they feel they can get away with it," said Barbara Humphrey.
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes," as well as primates behaving badly ("The Change-Up ").
I thought my dogs were badly behaved.

In science:

We show that certain averages of random unitaries in noncommutative tori behave asymptotically like a q -circular system.
Random unitaries in non-commutative tori, and an asymptotic model for q-circular systems
Thus the neutral hydrogen is behaving as expected – as star formation occurs the surrounding gas is ionized, shifting the peak in the neutral hydrogen distribution to the edge of the star forming regions.
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
One can easily see from Eq.(3.2) that at large distances x ≫ W 2/λ, |ψout (x, y )|2 ≈ P (ϕ)/x where ϕ = y/x is the scattering angle the outgoing wave behaves like a spherical wave i.e.
Paraxial propagation of a quantum charge in a random magnetic field
Asymptotically, the spectral density behaves as ρ(λ) ∼ V λ3 , which means that the integral is ultraviolet-divergent.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This component behaves as a usual viscous liquid which exhibits dumping of the oscillating disk in He II.
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity