Definition of behavior
- criminal behavior
- normal adolescent behavior
- They are studying the behavior of elephants in the wild.
- They tested the behavior of various metals under heat and pressure.
I'm surprised by her bad behavior toward her friends.
Students will be rewarded for good behavior.
scientists studying the behavior of elephants
An acceptable social behavior in one country may be unacceptable in another country.
Doctors are trying to educate people about behaviors that can put them at increased risk for skin cancer.
The experiment tested the behavior of various metals under heat and pressure.
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: the way a person or animal acts or behaves
: the way something (such as a machine or substance) moves, functions, or reacts
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