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 and Etymology of behave
Middle English behaven, from be- + haven to have, hold
First Known Use: 15th century
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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