To do the right thing towards others, especially children
Past Participle form
He always behaves well.
I behave myself in public.
A: Do you behave yourself in school?
B: Yes, I always listen to the teacher and work hard.
I behaved myself yesterday.
We didn't behave well in class because we were too excited.
A: Did Timmy behave well last week?
B: No, I'm afraid not. He was rude to the teacher.
I am behaving myself this time.
She's not behaving herself at all.
A: We are going to a very fancy restaurant. Behave yourself.
B: I am behaving myself. Look, I'm wearing a tie.
I have behaved for two week now!
You haven't behaved well for a long time. Is there anything wrong?
A: Have you behaved well?
A: That's not what your teacher says.