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Meaning & Definition of Behave in English

English

Behave

/bɪhev/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • behave
  • ,
  • do

2. Behave in a certain manner

  • "She carried herself well"
  • "He bore himself with dignity"
  • "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
    synonym:
  • behave
  • ,
  • acquit
  • ,
  • bear
  • ,
  • deport
  • ,
  • conduct
  • ,
  • comport
  • ,
  • carry

3. Behave well or properly

  • "The children must learn to behave"
    synonym:
  • behave
  • ,
  • comport

Examples of using

I will behave.
Other peoples' expectations affect how we behave.
We want you to behave yourself during meals.