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.
Recent Examples of behave from the Web
When a study came out in 2007 showing that male chimpanzees sometimes sexually coerce females—assaulting and chasing them as a kind of violent, bullying courtship—Huchard and her colleagues wondered whether baboons behaved similarly.
Most of us know better than to behave like this on sacred ground.
During last year's campaign, the Enquirer, more typically associated with stories on badly behaving celebrities and reports of extraterrestrials, endorsed Trump and headlined alleged scandals in attacks on his opponents.
Osment and Shawkat make the most of their brief, amusingly awkward scenes, while Coon's attempts to behave like an actual adult are skillfully undone by Izzy's determined disorderliness.
In the new Gilded Age, farces about rich people behaving badly will eventually take place in every boom economy, given that every well-off nation now has its own breakaway republic of the 1 percent.
Trump behaving inappropriately with female reporters, sadly, isn't shocking news.
Bateman, who proved a deft hand at filming himself behaving badly in 2013’s Bad Words will direct five of the ten episodes in Ozark’s first season.
Jayatilaka began by studying how cancer cells behave and communicate with each other, using a three-dimensional model that mimics human tissue rather than looking at them in a petri dish.
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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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