behave

  • 1 behave — 1 Behave, conduct, comport, demean, deport, acquit, quit are comparable when they mean to act or to cause or allow (oneself) to act in a specified way or in a way that evokes comment. Behave denotes the performing of various actions or the saying …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Behave — Be*have , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Behaved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Behaving}.] [AS. behabban to surround, restrain, detain (akin to G. gehaben (obs.) to have, sich gehaben to behave or carry one s self); pref. be + habban to have. See {Have}, v. t. ] 1.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Behave — Be*have , v. i. To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one s self; as, to behave well or ill. [1913 Webster] Note: This verb is often used colloquially without an adverb of manner; as, if he does not behave, he will be punished. It is also often… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 behave — be‧have [bɪˈheɪv] verb [intransitive] to act or to do something in a particular way: • Both gold and oil prices behaved exactly as analysts and investors had been predicting. * * * behave UK US /bɪˈheɪv/ verb [I] ► to do something or happen in a… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 behave — [bē hāv′, bihāv′] vt., vi. behaved, behaving [see BE & HAVE] 1. to conduct (oneself or itself) in a specified way; act or react 2. to conduct (oneself) in a correct or proper way SYN. BEHAVE, used reflexively (as also the other words in this… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 behave — (v.) early 15c., from BE (Cf. be ) intensive prefix + HAVE (Cf. have) in sense of to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport (Cf. Ger. sich behaben, Fr. se porter). Cognate O.E. compound behabban meant to contain, and alternatively… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 behave — [v1] function act, operate, perform, react, run, take, work; concepts 1,4 behave [v2] act reasonably, properly act correctly, act one’s age, act with decorum, be civil, be good, be nice, be on best behavior*, be orderly, comport oneself, conduct… …

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  • 8 behave — ► VERB 1) act in a specified way. 2) (also behave oneself) act in a polite or proper way. ORIGIN from BE (Cf. ↑be ) + HAVE(Cf. ↑have) in the sense «bear (oneself) in a particular way» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 behave — index demean (deport oneself), deport (conduct oneself), obey Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 behave */*/ — UK [bɪˈheɪv] / US verb Word forms behave : present tense I/you/we/they behave he/she/it behaves present participle behaving past tense behaved past participle behaved 1) [intransitive] to do things in a particular way The children behaved very… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 behave — be|have [ bı heıv ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive to do things in a particular way: The children behaved very badly. behave like: You behaved like a complete idiot! behave toward: This is not how you behave toward a child. behave as if/though: He… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 behave — be|have W3S3 [bıˈheıv] v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: have [i] to hold or bear (yourself), behave (14 16 centuries)] 1.) [always + adverb/preposition] to do things that are good, bad, sensible etc = ↑act ▪ She behaved in a very responsible way .… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 behave — v. 1) (d; intr.) to behave like (he behaved like a gentleman) 2) (D; intr.) to behave towards (how did they behave towards you?) * * * [bɪ heɪv] (d; intr.) to behave like (he behaved like a gentleman) (D; intr.) to behave towards (how did they… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 behave — [[t]bɪhe͟ɪv[/t]] ♦♦♦ behaves, behaving, behaved 1) VERB The way that you behave is the way that you do and say things, and the things that you do and say. [V prep/adv] I couldn t believe these people were behaving in this way... [V prep/adv] He d …

    English dictionary

  • 15 behave — verb ADVERB ▪ impeccably (esp. BrE), perfectly, well ▪ honourably/honorably ▪ aggressively, badly, disgracefully (esp. BrE), outrageously …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 16 behave — /bI heIv/ verb (I) 1 (always + adv/prep) to do things in a particular way: I m sorry about last night I behaved like a child. 2 also behave yourself to behave in a way that people think is good or correct, by being polite and obeying people, not… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 behave — 01. When we go to Grandma s house, I expect you children to [behave]; don t run around screaming and jumping on the furniture like last time. 02. The children s [behavior] during the play was excellent; they were completely fascinated, and… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 behave —   Hana, noho.    ♦ Behave well, noho pono, hilu.    ♦ Behave wickedly, kolohe, eu, lapuwale, hana ino, hana pono ole.    ♦ Behave reasonably, aokanaka …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 19 behave — verb (behaved; behaving) Etymology: Middle English behaven, from be + haven to have, hold Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to manage the actions of (oneself) in a particular way 2. to conduct (oneself) in a proper manner …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 behave — /bi hayv /, v., behaved, behaving. v.i. 1. to act in a particular way; conduct or comport oneself or itself: The ship behaves well. 2. to act properly: Did the child behave? 3. to act or react under given circumstances: This plastic behaves… …

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