verb (used without object), behaved, behaving.
to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well.
to act properly: Did the child behave?
to act or react under given circumstances: This plastic behaves strangely under extreme heat or cold.
verb (used with object), behaved, behaving.
to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself.

1400–50; late Middle English behaven (reflexive). See be-, have

unbehaving, adjective
well-behaved, adjective

1. perform, acquit oneself, deport oneself.
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behave (bɪˈheɪv)
1.  (intr) to act or function in a specified or usual way
2.  to conduct (oneself) in a specified way: he behaved badly towards her
3.  to conduct (oneself) properly or as desired: the child behaved himself all day
[C15: see be-, have]

conducting oneself in a satisfactory manner

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from be- intensive prefix + have; the sense is "to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport" (cf. Ger. sich behaben, Fr. se porter). Cognate O.E. compound behabban meant "to contain," though the modern sense of behave could have
evolved from behabban via a notion of "self-restraint."

1598, from well (adv.) + pp. of behave.
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well-behaved definition

1. [primarily MS-DOS] Said of software conforming to system interface guidelines and standards. Well-behaved software uses the operating system to do chores such as keyboard input, allocating memory and drawing graphics. Oppose ill-behaved.
2. Software that does its job quietly and without counterintuitive effects. Especially said of software having an interface spec sufficiently simple and well-defined that it can be used as a tool by other software. See cat.
[Jargon File]

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