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Behave is sometimes a misspelling of behaviour.

The word behave is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb behave

What does behave mean as a doing word?

Behave is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: behaved | behaving | behaves

  1. behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    • example: Don't behave like a fool
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] as [Predicate]Dina masqueraded as a lawyerVerbs with Predicative Complements: camouflage, count, function, masquerade, officiate, qualify, rank, rate
      [Agent - being] [Verb] as [Predicate]Dina masqueraded as a lawyerVerbs with Predicative Complements: act
      [Agent - being] [Verb] like [Predicate]Dina acted like a cretin
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of behave: act / do
    • more specific terms:
  2. behave in a certain manner
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of behave: acquit / bear / carry / comport / conduct / deport
    • more generic words: bear / carry / hold = support or hold in a certain manner; act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:
      • fluster = be flustered
      • put forward / assert = insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
      • deal = behave in a certain way towards others
      • walk around = behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
      • posture / pose = behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
  3. behave well or properly
    • example: The children must learn to behave
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of behave: comport
    • antonym of behave: misbehave
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:
      • walk = live or behave in a specified manner
      • assert oneself = put oneself forward in an assertive and insistent manner
      • remember oneself = recover one's good manners after a lapse or stop behaving badly

Alternative definition of the verb behave

verb

  1. [reflexive] To conduct (oneself) well, or in a given way.
  2. [intransitive] To act, conduct oneself in a specific manner; [used with an adverbial of manner.]
  3. [obsolete, transitive] To conduct, manage, regulate (something).
  4. [intransitive] To act in a polite or proper way.

Films

  1. "Behave": Juizo is a 2007 film directed by Mara Ramos.
  2. "Behave" is a 1988 short film directed by Rebecca Allen.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Behave

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Google previewPsychology (2000)

A Student's Handbook by Michael W. Eysenck

Stage 2 of this level is based on the notion that the right way to behave is the way ...

Google previewHelping Them Heal (2014)

How Teachers Can Support Young Children Who Experience Stress and Trauma by Karen L. Peterson, PhD

Being able to understand what other people think, feel, know, and how they behave is a long developmental process and is closely linked with changes in cognitive development and experience (Bredekamp, 2010; Bredekamp and Copple; ...

Google previewA Valency Dictionary of English (2004)

A Corpus-based Analysis of the Complementation Patterns of English Verbs, Nouns, and Adjectives by Thomas Herbst

-> D8 behave verb A...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Internet Technologies and Applications (2007)

by Freire, Mario

BEHAVE SUBJ SNOOP_DOGG (www.snoop-dogg .com) ...

Google previewVine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (1996)

With Topical Index by W. E. Vine, Merrill Unger

BEHAVE, BEHAVIOR A. Verbs. 1. anastrepho (390), “to turn back, return” (ana, “ back,” strepho, “to turn”), hence, “to move about in a place, to sojourn,” and, in the middle and passive voices, “to conduct oneself,” indicating one's manner of life ...

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Usage statistics about behave

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb behave:

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Comparison of usage frequency between the verb behave and its most common antonym:

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Sign language

Behave in Baby Sign Language, ASL

Your baby can easily learn from you to sign Behave . Learn how to teach your baby to sign Behave {on the go} with ASL {without flashcards}. Then post a video ...

Quotes about Behave

To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober. (Logan Pearsall Smith)
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Scrabble value of B3E1H4A1V4E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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