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Meaning of BEHAVE

Pronunciation:  bi'heyv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
  2. [v]  behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
  3. [v]  behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave"

BEHAVE is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: acquit, act, bear, carry, comport, conduct, deport, do
 Antonyms: misbehave, misconduct, misdemean
 See Also: act, act involuntarily, act reflexively, act up, assert, assert oneself, backslap, bluster, break down, bungle, dally, dawdle, deal, fluster, follow, footle, freeze, frivol, hold, hugger mugger, jest, joke, loosen up, lose it, make, make as if, menace, move, optimise, optimize, piffle, pose, puff up, put forward, quack, rage, ramp, relax, remember oneself, romanticize, sauce, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, sentimentise, sentimentize, stooge, storm, swagger, swash, swell, toy, trifle, vulgarise, vulgarize, walk, walk around, wanton



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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. To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline;
       to handle; to restrain. [Obs.]
             He did behave his anger ere 't was spent. --Shak.
    2. To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; --
       used reflexively.
             Those that behaved themselves manfully. --2 Macc.
                                                   ii. 21.
  2. \Be*have"\, v. i.
    To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to
    behave well or ill.
    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 applied to inanimate
          objects; as, the ship behaved splendidly.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acquit, act, act toward, act well, be good, be nice, bear, behave toward, carry, comport, conduct, control, cope with, deal by, deal with, demean, deport, direct, disport, do, do by, do right, function, go on, handle, make, make as if, manage, misbehave, move, operate, perform, play, play the game, practice, proceed, quit, react, respond to, serve, take, treat, use, work