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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Behave


BEHA'VE, verb transitive

1. To restrain; to govern; to subdue.

He did behave his anger e'er 'twas spent.

This sense is obsolete. Yet it often seems to be implied; for to behave one's self, is really, to govern one's self; to have in command.

2. To carry; to conduct; used with the reciprocal pronoun; as, he behaves himself manfully. But the tendency of modern usage is to omit the pronoun; as, he behaves well.

BEHA'VE, verb intransitive To act; to conduct; generally applied to manners, or to conduct in any particular business; and in a good or bad sense. He behaves well or will.