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
Ironically, today many of the GIFs seen on sites like Twitter and Imgur are actually video files that have been coded to behave like GIFs, simply because new video technology is more efficient than the outdated GIF storage format.
Research has already shown that bats and birds behave differently in areas with loud noise, including where compressors are running.
Leashed, well-behaved, nonaggressive dogs with proof of current immunizations are welcome at Pet Con.
A Pennsylvania man who was behaving suspiciously and had made threatening remarks was arrested Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel in Washington after police found an assault-style rifle and handgun in his car, authorities said.
A sequence where the pair sail in a tiny boat by themselves to London offers hilariously awkward exchanges as both try to understand how their respective societies should behave in this situation.
The agency is still looking into reports that Christian behaved aggessively on a MAX train the day prior, even threatening to stab other riders.
But reverberations from the altercation were felt as far as Capitol Hill, where Republican lawmakers scrambled to deal with the unflattering portrayal of their candidate behaving like a hockey goon.
People in California are never gonna behave in a way that satisfies people in Tennessee.
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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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