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King James Dictionary [1]


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This sense is obsolete.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, 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.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): (v. i.) To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill.

(2): (v. t.) To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain.

(3): (v. t.) To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; - used reflexively.