behave-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: act, perform, or conduct oneself in a certain manner, possibly in a socially appropriate manner.

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent[animate]] BEHAVE (like) (NP2) NP1[agent] Behave ADVP NP2

He behaved like an utter fool.
Al Gore behaved like a villainous wrestler.
The driver did not have the receipt and behaved very unprofessionally.
She's been behaving oddly.
He should have behaved like a grown-up with them!
Now, children, behave yourselves.
They did not behave, and were asked to leave.
And if you don't behave I'll turn you into a goon!
She behaved so well, I was so proud of her!

VerbNet: masquerade-29.6,masquerade-29.6-1
FrameNet: Conduct
PropBank: behave.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3

Sense Number 2: respond, function, or react

Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[Topic[inanimate]] BEHAVE ADVP NP1[Topic[inanimate]] BEHAVE PP
NOTE: Compare carefully to sense 1; this sense is for inanimate objects that cannot be agentive. In sense 1, it may be ambiguous as to whether or not the NP chooses to "act or perform" in a certain manner. This sense is unambiguous.

Prices for cashews behaved erratically.
The nailed wood boxes sector has behaved erratically, peaking in 1989.
The early universe may have behaved like a liquid.
Unexpectedly, the quark gluon plasma behaved like a perfect liquid of quarks.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: behave.01