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Meaning of behave

be•have

Pronunciation: (bi-hāv'), [key]
— v., -haved, -hav•ing.
—v.i.
  1. to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well.
  2. to act properly: Did the child behave?
  3. to act or react under given circumstances: This plastic behaves strangely under extreme heat or cold.
—v.t.
  1. to conduct or comport (oneself&hasp;) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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