Definitions for behavebɪˈheɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

be•havebɪˈheɪv(v.)-haved, -hav•ing.

  1. (v.i.)to act or react in a particular way:

    The car behaves well in traffic.

  2. to act properly:

    Did the child behave?

  3. (v.t.)to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner:

    Sit quietly and behave yourself.

Origin of behave:

1400–50; late ME

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. behave(verb)ɪˈheɪv

    to do things in a particular way

    The horse started behaving strangely.; He behaved as if he'd never seen me.

  2. behaveɪˈheɪv

    ≠ misbehave

    We have to behave at grandma's house.; Behave yourself!


  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

Translations for behave

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to act in a suitable way, to conduct oneself (well)

If you come, you must behave (yourself); The child always behaves (himself) at his grandmother's.

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