Definition of behave
- getting children to behave themselves
- He behaves like a child.
- testing how various metals behave under heat and pressure
- Please behave.
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.
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: 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
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