AskDefine | Define behave

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1 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" [syn: act, do]
2 behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times" [syn: acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry]
3 behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave" [syn: comport] [ant: misbehave]

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  • /bɪˈheɪv/
  • Rhymes: -eɪv


  1. Act in a polite or proper way.
    His mother threatened to spank him if he didn't behave himself.
  2. Act in a specified way.


to behave

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acquit, act, act toward, act well, be good, be nice, bear, behave toward, carry, comport, conduct, control, cope with, deal by, deal with, demean, deport, direct, disport, do, do by, do right, function, go on, handle, make, make as if, manage, misbehave, move, operate, perform, play, play the game, practice, proceed, quit, react, respond to, serve, take, treat, use, work
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