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be·have

 (bĭ-hāv′)
v. be·haved, be·hav·ing, be·haves
v.intr.
1.
a. To conduct oneself in a specified way, especially in relation to others; exhibit behavior: The child behaved badly at the party.
b. To conduct oneself in a proper way: I told the child to behave.
2. To act, react, function, or perform in a particular way: This fabric behaves well even in hot weather.
v.tr.
1. To conduct (oneself) properly: Did you behave yourself at the party?
2. To conduct (oneself) in a specified way: The witness behaved herself with great calmness.

[Middle English behaven : be-, be- + haven, to have; see have.]

behave

(bɪˈheɪv)
vb
1. (intr) to act or function in a specified or usual way
2. to conduct (oneself) in a specified way: he behaved badly towards her.
3. to conduct (oneself) properly or as desired: the child behaved himself all day.
[C15: see be-, have]

be•have

(bɪˈheɪv)

v. -haved, -hav•ing. v.i.
1. to act or react in a particular way: The car behaves well in traffic.
2. to act properly: Did the child behave?
v.t.
3. to conduct or comport (oneself) in a proper manner: Sit quietly and behave yourself.
[1400–50; late Middle English]

behave


Past participle: behaved
Gerund: behaving

Imperative
behave
behave
Present
I behave
you behave
he/she/it behaves
we behave
you behave
they behave
Preterite
I behaved
you behaved
he/she/it behaved
we behaved
you behaved
they behaved
Present Continuous
I am behaving
you are behaving
he/she/it is behaving
we are behaving
you are behaving
they are behaving
Present Perfect
I have behaved
you have behaved
he/she/it has behaved
we have behaved
you have behaved
they have behaved
Past Continuous
I was behaving
you were behaving
he/she/it was behaving
we were behaving
you were behaving
they were behaving
Past Perfect
I had behaved
you had behaved
he/she/it had behaved
we had behaved
you had behaved
they had behaved
Future
I will behave
you will behave
he/she/it will behave
we will behave
you will behave
they will behave
Future Perfect
I will have behaved
you will have behaved
he/she/it will have behaved
we will have behaved
you will have behaved
they will have behaved
Future Continuous
I will be behaving
you will be behaving
he/she/it will be behaving
we will be behaving
you will be behaving
they will be behaving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been behaving
you have been behaving
he/she/it has been behaving
we have been behaving
you have been behaving
they have been behaving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been behaving
you will have been behaving
he/she/it will have been behaving
we will have been behaving
you will have been behaving
they will have been behaving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been behaving
you had been behaving
he/she/it had been behaving
we had been behaving
you had been behaving
they had been behaving
Conditional
I would behave
you would behave
he/she/it would behave
we would behave
you would behave
they would behave
Past Conditional
I would have behaved
you would have behaved
he/she/it would have behaved
we would have behaved
you would have behaved
they would have behaved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.behave - behave in a certain mannerbehave - 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"
act involuntarily, act reflexively - act in an uncontrolled manner
bend over backwards, fall over backwards - try very hard to please someone; "She falls over backwards when she sees her mother-in-law"
presume - take liberties or act with too much confidence
vulgarise, vulgarize - act in a vulgar manner; "The drunkard tends to vulgarize"
optimise, optimize - act as an optimist and take a sunny view of the world
quack - act as a medical quack or a charlatan
menace - act in a threatening manner; "A menacing person"
make - act in a certain way so as to acquire; "make friends"; "make enemies"
bluster, swagger, swash - act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
freeze - suddenly behave coldly and formally; "She froze when she saw her ex-husband"
wanton - behave extremely cruelly and brutally
romanticize - act in a romantic way
sentimentise, sentimentize, sentimentalise, sentimentalize - act in a sentimental way or indulge in sentimental thoughts or expression
bungle - spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly; "I bungled it!"
toy, play - engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; "They played games on their opponents"; "play the stock market"; "play with her feelings"; "toy with an idea"
act as, act, play - pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
stooge - act as a stooge, in a compliant or subordinate manner; "He stooged for the flamboyant Senator"
jest, joke - act in a funny or teasing way
piffle - act in a trivial or ineffective way
make - behave in a certain way; "make merry"
make as if - begin or appear to begin an action; "He made as if to shake my hand"
pretend, dissemble, act - behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
lose it, break down, snap - lose control of one's emotions; "When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely"; "When her baby died, she snapped"
dally, dawdle - waste time; "Get busy--don't dally!"
backslap - display excessive cordiality (towards); "he is always backslapping his colleagues at staff meetings"
hugger mugger - act stealthily or secretively
sauce - behave saucily or impudently towards
footle - act foolishly, as by talking nonsense
frivol, trifle - act frivolously
swell, puff up - become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"
follow - accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of; "Let's follow our great helmsman!"; "She followed a guru for years"
loosen up, relax - become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner; "our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"
rage, ramp, storm - behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
2.behave - behave in a certain mannerbehave - behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
carry, bear, hold - support or hold in a certain manner; "She holds her head high"; "He carried himself upright"
fluster - be flustered; behave in a confused manner
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
put forward, assert - insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized; "Women should assert themselves more!"
deal - behave in a certain way towards others; "He deals fairly with his employees"
walk around - behave in a certain manner or have certain properties; "He walks around with his nose in the air"; "She walks around with this strange boyfriend"
posture, pose - behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others; "Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!"; "She postured and made a total fool of herself"
3.behave - behave well or properlybehave - behave well or properly; "The children must learn to behave"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
walk - live or behave in a specified manner; "walk in sadness"
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; "Please remember yourself, Charles!"
misbehave, misconduct, misdemean - behave badly; "The children misbehaved all morning"

behave

verb
1. act, react, conduct yourself, acquit yourself, comport yourself He'd behaved badly.
2. (often reflexive) be well-behaved, be good, be polite, mind your manners, keep your nose clean, act correctly, act politely, conduct yourself properly You have to behave. Sit down and behave yourself.
be well-behaved carry on (informal), be bad, act up (informal), misbehave, be naughty, muck about (Brit. slang), get up to mischief (informal), be insubordinate

behave

verb
1. To conduct oneself in a specified way:
2. To react in a specified way:
Translations
chovat sechovat se slušněchovat se slušně/dobřereagovat
opføre (sig)opføre sig ordentligt
käyttäytyä
lijepo se ponašatiponašati se
haga sérhegîa sér; bregîast viî
振る舞う振舞う行儀よくする
예의 바르게 행동하다행동하다
blogo elgesioelgesyselgtis kaip prideraelgtis tinkamaigero elgesio
izturētiesreaģētuzvesties
dobre sa správať
lepo se vestiobnašati se
uppföra (sig)uppföra sig
ปฏิบัติประพฤติตัว
davranmakuslu durmakhareket etmekterbiyeli olmak
cư xửcư xử đúng mực

behave

[bɪˈheɪv] VI
1. [person] → portarse (to, towards con) → comportarse
he behaved like an idiotse comportó como un idiota
to behave (o.s.)portarse bien
did the children behave themselves?¿se portaron bien los niños?
behave (yourself)!¡compórtate!, ¡pórtate bien!
if you behave (yourself)si te portas bien, si te comportas debidamente
2. (Mech etc) → funcionar

behave

[bɪˈheɪv]
vi
(= act) [person] → se comporter, se conduire
He behaved like an idiot → Il s'est comporté comme un idiot.
She behaved very badly → Elle s'est très mal comportée.
That's no way to behave!
BUT En voilà des façons!.
[thing] → se comporter
(= be good) → être sage
behave! → sois sage!
vt
to behave o.s. (= be good) → bien se tenir, être sage
Did the children behave themselves? → Est-ce que les enfants ont été sages?
behave yourself! → sois sage!

behave

visich verhalten; (people also)sich benehmen; (children also)sich betragen, sich benehmen; (= be good)sich benehmen; to behave well/badlysich gut/schlecht benehmen; what a way to behave!was für ein Benehmen!; to behave badly/well toward(s) somebodyjdn schlecht/gut behandeln; to behave irresponsibly toward(s) somebodysich jdm gegenüber verantwortungslos verhalten; to behave like an honest manwie ein ehrlicher Mensch handeln; to behave very wiselysich sehr klug verhalten; behave!benimm dich!; can’t you make your son/dog behave?kannst du deinem Sohn/Hund keine Manieren beibringen?; he knows how to behave at a cocktail partyer weiß sich bei Cocktailpartys zu benehmen; how is your car behaving these days?wie fährt dein Auto zurzeit?
vr to behave oneselfsich benehmen; behave yourself!benimm dich!; can’t you make your son/dog behave himself/itself?kannst du deinem Sohn/Hund keine Manieren beibringen?

behave

[bɪˈheɪv] vi (also behave o.s.) (conduct o.s.) → comportarsi; (conduct o.s. well) → comportarsi bene
you behaved very wisely → hai agito saggiamente
to behave well towards sb → comportarsi bene nei confronti di qn
behave yourself! → comportati bene!

behave

(biˈheiv) verb
1. to act in a suitable way, to conduct oneself (well). If you come, you must behave (yourself); The child always behaves (himself) at his grandmother's.
2. to act or react. He always behaves like a gentleman; Metals behave in different ways when heated.
beˈhaviour , (American) beˈhavior (-jə) noun
1. way of behaving. the behaviour of the pupils.
2. actions or reactions. the behaviour of rats; the behaviour of metals in acids.
ˌwell/ˌbadly- etc beˈhaved adjective
good (bad etc) in manners or conduct. badly-behaved children.

behave

يَتَصَرَّفُ, يَسْلُكُ سُلُوكاً حَسْناً chovat se, chovat se slušně opføre (sig), opføre sig ordentligt benehmen (sich), sich benehmen συμπεριφέρομαι comportarse käyttäytyä bien se tenir, se comporter lijepo se ponašati, ponašati se comportarsi, comportarsi bene 振舞う, 行儀よくする 예의 바르게 행동하다, 행동하다 gedragen (zich), goed gedragen oppføre, oppføre (seg) zachować się, zachowywać się comportar-se, portar-se bem вести себя, хорошо вести себя uppföra (sig), uppföra sig ปฏิบัติ, ประพฤติตัว davranmak, uslu durmak cư xử, cư xử đúng mực 举动, 使守规矩
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Nothing can be straighter and smoother than a Surrey road--when it is on the king's business; then it is a high-road and behaves accordingly: but a Surrey bye-road is the most whimsical companion in the world.
This man, so profoundly astute, hypocritical, and sly; this Cromwell of the Val-Noble,--behaves in his home as he behaves to the aristocracy, whom he caresses in hopes to throttle them.
But your host behaves very well toward you, as it appears, my dear Porthos," said D'Artagnan, directing the sick man's attention to the full stewpans and the empty bottles.
I should like to know how he behaves among strangers.
In his forays into the North Atlantic the East Wind behaves like a subtle and cruel adventurer without a notion of honour or fair play.
I'll never fight any man again, only when he behaves like a scoundrel.
No girl of spirit's going to love a man who behaves that way to her parents.
You see, really and truly, apart from the things anyone can pick up (the dressing and the proper way of speaking, and so on), the difference between a lady and a flower girl is not how she behaves, but how she's treated.
Natalya Ilynichna behaves very well to me," remarked Boris.
She lives, you know, one of those odious, self-centered lives--at least, I think them odious for a woman--feeding her wits upon everything, having control of everything, getting far too much her own way at home--spoilt, in a sense, feeling that every one is at her feet, and so not realizing how she hurts--that is, how rudely she behaves to people who haven't all her advantages.
None of us would dare to behave as that woman behaves.
Who that cares much to know the history of man, and how the mysterious mixture behaves under the varying experiments of Time, has not dwelt, at least briefly, on the life of Saint Theresa, has not smiled with some gentleness at the thought of the little girl walking forth one morning hand-in-hand with her still smaller brother, to go and seek martyrdom in the country of the Moors?