Definition of behave
1 : to manage the actions of (oneself) in a particular way
2 : to conduct (oneself) in a proper manner getting children to behave themselves
1 : to act, function, or react in a particular way He behaves like a child. testing how various metals behave under heat and pressure
2 : to conduct oneself properly Please behave.
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.
Synonym Discussion of behave
BEHAVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of behave for English Language Learners
: 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
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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