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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Behave \Be*have"\, verb (used without an object) To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill.

Note: This verb is often used colloquially without an adverb of manner; as, if he does not behave, he will be punished. It is also often applied to inanimate objects; as, the ship behaved splendidly.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Behave \Be*have"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Behaved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Behaving}.] [AS. behabban to surround, restrain, detain (akin to G. gehaben (obs.) to have, sich gehaben to behave or carry one's self); pref. be- + habban to have. See {Have}, v. t. ]

1. To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain. [Obs.]

He did behave his anger ere 't was spent. --Shak.

2. To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; -- used reflexively.

Those that behaved themselves manfully. --2 Macc. ii. 21.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people" [syn: {act}, {behave}, {do}]

2: behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: {behave}, {acquit}, {bear}, {deport}, {conduct}, {comport}, {carry}]

3: behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave" [syn: {behave}, {comport}] [ant: {misbehave}, {misconduct}, {misdemean}]

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)


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