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Otherwise I may behave in a manner to be regretted in my calmer moments.

"He's no business to behave as if it was Papa's fault," said Harriett.

Why should any one be taught to behave like a gentleman, so long as he is no gentleman?

Yes; but one who could behave like that would be only too likely to give other grounds of offence.

Suffer me, then, briefly to give you a few hints as to how an audience should behave.

The main body of the Neapolitans, under Mack, did not behave better.

All I repeat to you, my boy, is, behave as you ought to Tom Channing.

I know how to behave myself to gentlemen as well as another.

The next consideration therefore was, how she should behave to Joseph when he came in.

He sent for me, and when I went to him promised to behave well all night long.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from be- intensive prefix + have in sense of "to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport" (cf. German sich behaben, French se porter). Cognate Old English compound behabban meant "to contain," and alternatively the modern sense of behave might have evolved from behabban via a notion of "self-restraint." Related: Behaved; behaving.

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