Definition of Behave

1. Verb. Behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself. "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"




2. Verb. Behave in a certain manner. "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
Exact synonyms: Acquit, Bear, Carry, Comport, Conduct, Deport
Generic synonyms: Bear, Carry, Hold, Act, Move
Specialized synonyms: Fluster, Assert, Put Forward, Deal, Walk Around, Pose, Posture
Derivative terms: Bearing, Comportment, Conduct, Conduct, Deportment

3. Verb. Behave well or properly. "The children must learn to behave"
Exact synonyms: Comport
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Specialized synonyms: Walk, Assert Oneself, Remember Oneself
Antonyms: Misbehave
Derivative terms: Comportment

Definition of Behave

1. v. t. To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain.

2. v. i. To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill.

Definition of Behave

1. Verb. (reflexive) To conduct (oneself) well, or in a given way. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To act, conduct oneself in a specific manner; (non-gloss definition used with an adverbial of manner.) ¹

3. Verb. (obsolete transitive) To conduct, manage, regulate (something). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To act in a polite or proper way. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Behave

1. to act properly [v -HAVED, -HAVING, -HAVES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Behave

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behave (current term)
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behavior modification
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Literary usage of Behave

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1. The Poets and Poetry of Scotland: From the Earliest to the Present Time by James Grant Wilson (1876)
"behave yoursel' before folk, behave yoursel' before folk; Gin that's the case, ... Can I behave, can I behave, Can I behave before folk, When, wily elf, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"Migration experiments were carried out which show that a metal-ammonium solution may behave like a metallic electrode. The process of solution of a metal in ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"The townspeople of D however, imperfectly informed as they now were, continued to behave in a not totally discreditable manner. There were parties for and ..."

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