What does behaviour mean?

Definitions for behaviour
bɪˈheɪv yərbe·haviour

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. behavior, behaviour(noun)

    the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances

    "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"

  2. demeanor, demeanour, behavior, behaviour, conduct, deportment(noun)

    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

  3. behavior, behaviour(noun)

    (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation

  4. behavior, behaviour, conduct, doings(noun)

    manner of acting or controlling yourself


  1. behaviour(Noun)

    The way matter moves or acts.

    Etymology: See usage notes below.


  1. Behaviour

    Behaviour is the fourth studio album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was first released in 1990. A special edition Japanese release included an additional Mini CD, exclusive artwork and printed lyrics in a white velvet-like box.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. behaviour

    The action and qualities of a ship under different impulses. Seamen speak of the manner in which she behaves, as if she acted by her own instinct.

Editors Contribution

  1. behaviour

    A responsible, mature and ethical way of behaving.

    The behaviour of everyone was amazing, there is such a feeling of unity, love, solidarity and empathy with everyone looking after each other to ensure optimum health, right to life, human rights and shared prosperity for everyone.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 2, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behaviour' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #778

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behaviour' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1903

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'behaviour' in Nouns Frequency: #338

How to pronounce behaviour?

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How to say behaviour in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of behaviour in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of behaviour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of behaviour in a Sentence

  1. Franklin Templeton Mark Mobius:

    I believe the authorities in China are learning and this process is on-going regarding how to handle market behaviour, they definitely want to transform China into a market economy and given that intention, I think they will not continue to try to impose drastic controls.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    It seems by seeing the behaviour of the majority of the people that they think that an invisible God has bestowed each person two ears, so that from the one they can hear the nice words and from the other they can let the same thoughts go away outside only.

  3. Natasha Walter:

    The behaviour of staff, particularly male staff, in Yarl's Wood detention centre, is adding to the trauma of survivors of sexual violence.

  4. Domenico Arcuri:

    Some images spread on social media, which show a relaxation in the behaviour of some people - fortunately only a few - , should not be taken as an example, they should be deplored, we can't have the idea that we've already reached the moment to return to normal.

  5. Novartis Chief Executive Joe Jimenez:

    We have over 25,000 field sales representatives around the world, we train them very hard on compliance, whenever we see any activity of bad behaviour, we swoop in and then we get rid of that behavior -- one way or another.

Images & Illustrations of behaviour

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