Definitions for behavebɪˈheɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. act, behave, do(verb)

    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

    "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

  2. behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry(verb)

    behave in a certain manner

    "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"

  3. behave, comport(verb)

    behave well or properly

    "The children must learn to behave"


  1. behave(Verb)

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

    You need to behave yourself, young lady.

  2. behave(Verb)

    To act, conduct oneself in a specific manner;

  3. behave(Verb)

    To conduct, manage, regulate (something).

  4. behave(Verb)

    To act in a polite or proper way.

    His mother threatened to spank him if he didn't behave.

  5. Origin: From late behaven, equivalent to . Compare behabban, behaben.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behave(verb)

    to manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain

  2. Behave(verb)

    to carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; -- used reflexively

  3. Behave(verb)

    to act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behave' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4163

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behave' in Verbs Frequency: #530

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