What does behave mean?

Definitions for behave
bɪˈheɪvbe·have

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. act, behave, doverb

    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, carryverb

    behave in a certain manner

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

  3. behave, comportverb

    behave well or properly

    "The children must learn to behave"

Wiktionary

  1. behaveverb

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

    You need to behave yourself, young lady.

    Etymology: From late behaven, equivalent to . Compare behabban, behaben.

  2. behaveverb

    To act, conduct oneself in a specific manner;

    Etymology: From late behaven, equivalent to . Compare behabban, behaben.

  3. behaveverb

    To conduct, manage, regulate (something).

    Etymology: From late behaven, equivalent to . Compare behabban, behaben.

  4. behaveverb

    To act in a polite or proper way.

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

    Etymology: From late behaven, equivalent to . Compare behabban, behaben.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Behaveverb

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

  2. Behaveverb

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

  3. Behaveverb

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Behave

    be-hāv′, v.t. to bear or carry, to conduct (with self).—v.i. to conduct one's self, also to conduct one's self well: to act.—n. Behaviour (be-hāv′yür), conduct: manners or deportment, esp. good manners: general course of life: treatment of others.—To be upon one's behaviour, to be placed where one's best behaviour is politic or necessary. [Formed, according to Dr Murray, in 15th century from be- and Have; apparently unconnected with A.S. behabban.]

Editors Contribution

  1. behave

    To act a specific way

    They do behave in a respectful and responsible way

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

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  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of behave in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of behave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of behave in a Sentence

  1. Alassane Ouattara:

    You have been heard. We have solved these problems, and you know they've been solved because I am telling you they are solved, From now on, you must behave like mature, model soldiers.

  2. Mathjis Le Rutte:

    The training is vital because you learn not only about how to work in a team, but also about yourself, how will you behave and react in a crisis? How will you deal with an influx of new arrivals, or manage an angry mob?

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    You demand and fight for human rights; it is right, and everyone deserves that right; however, have you ever realized that soul of life also requires and deserves as; Read with Curiosity Speak with Knowledge Decide with Honesty Serve with Equality Behave with Soberness Execute with Carefulness Breathe with Truth These qualities purify, beautify and glorify human life.

  4. Vikrant Parsai:

    A child will behave as he has been taught. Tolerance is one of the first lessons to be learnt.

  5. Jimmy Carter:

    A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.

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