Simple Definition of behave
: to act in an acceptable way : to act properly
: to act in a particular way
of a thing : to function, react, or move in a particular way
Full Definition of behave
1 : to manage the actions of (oneself) in a particular way
2 : to conduct (oneself) in a proper manner
1 : to act, function, or react in a particular way
2 : to conduct oneself properly
Examples of behave in a sentence
If you can't behave in the store we'll have to leave.
If you can't behave yourself in the store we'll have to leave.
I wish those children would behave themselves.
He behaves like a child!
The experiment tested how various metals behave under heat and pressure.
Origin of behave
Middle English behaven, from be- + haven to have, hold
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of behave
Rhymes with behave
airwave, brain wave, cold wave, concave, conclave, deprave, dissave, drawshave, enclave, engrave, enslave, exclave, ground wave, heat wave, margrave, new wave, octave, outbrave, Palgrave, palsgrave, shock wave, shortwave, sine wave, sky wave, sound wave, spokeshave, S wave, wage slave, white slave, Wind Cave
BEHAVE Defined for Kids
Definition of behave for Students
1 : to act in a particular manner <The children behaved well at the party.>
2 : to act in a proper or acceptable way <Tell them to behave.>
3 : to act or function in a particular way <We're studying how metals behave under pressure.>
Medical Definition of behave
transitive verb: to bear or conduct (oneself) in a particular way
intransitive verb: to act, function, or react in a particular way
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