• To conduct (oneself) well, or in a given way.
  • To act, conduct oneself in a specific manner;
  • To conduct, manage, regulate (something).
  • To act in a polite or proper way.


  • From Middle English behaven, bihabben, from Old English behabban, from Proto-West Germanic *bihabbjan, equivalent to be- + have. Cognate with Middle Low German behebben, behāven, Low German behebben, German behaben.

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