To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain.
- To conduct oneself in a specified way: The child behaved badly at the party.
- To conduct oneself in a proper way: I told the child to behave.
- To act, react, function, or perform in a particular way: This fabric behaves well even in hot weather.
- To conduct (oneself) properly: Did you behave yourself at the party?
- To conduct (oneself) in a specified way: The witness behaved herself with great calmness.