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.
to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner:
Sit quietly and behave yourself.
Contemporary Examples

Call Girls Out-Class Mistresses Tracy Quan December 5, 2009
Was Herman Cain’s Presidential Bid Worth It? Michelle Goldberg December 2, 2011
Obama Plays Risky Game in Mexico With Embrace of Enrique Peña Nieto John M. Ackerman July 3, 2012
Don’t Lecture Us, Mr. President Nicolle Wallace March 1, 2009
McCain’s Revenge News Shrink November 4, 2008

Historical Examples

The Forged Coupon and Other Stories Leo Tolstoy
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
The Oera Linda Book Anonymous
Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
Sandman’s Goodnight Stories Abbie Phillips Walker

(intransitive) to act or function in a specified or usual way
to conduct (oneself) in a specified way: he behaved badly towards her
to conduct (oneself) properly or as desired: the child behaved himself all day


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