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n. Chiefly British
Variant of behavior.


(bɪˈheɪvjə) or


1. manner of behaving or conducting oneself
2. on one's best behaviour behaving with careful good manners
3. (Psychology) psychol
a. the aggregate of all the responses made by an organism in any situation
b. a specific response of a certain organism to a specific stimulus or group of stimuli
4. the action, reaction, or functioning of a system, under normal or specified circumstances
[C15: from behave; influenced in form by Middle English havior, from Old French havoir, from Latin habēre to have]
beˈhavioural, beˈhavioral adj


(bɪˈheɪv yər)

n. Chiefly Brit.
usage: See -or 1.


Someone's behaviour is the way they behave.

I had been puzzled by his behaviour.
...the obstinate behaviour of a small child.

Note that the American spelling of this word is behavior.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.behaviour - the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstancesbehaviour - the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances; "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"
activeness, activity, action - the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
2.behaviour - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other peoplebehaviour - (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
manners - social deportment; "he has the manners of a pig"
citizenship - conduct as a citizen; "award for good citizenship"
swashbuckling - flamboyantly reckless and boastful behavior
correctitude, properness, propriety - correct or appropriate behavior
improperness, impropriety - an improper demeanor
personal manner, manner - a way of acting or behaving
3.behaviour - (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
territoriality - the behavior of a male animal that defines and defends its territory
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
4.behaviour - manner of acting or controlling yourselfbehaviour - manner of acting or controlling yourself
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
aggression - deliberately unfriendly behavior
bohemianism - conduct characteristic of a bohemian
dirty pool - conduct that is unfair or unethical or unsportsmanlike
dirty tricks - underhand commercial or political behavior designed to discredit an opponent
offense, offensive activity, discourtesy, offence - a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
easiness - the quality of being easy in behavior or style; "there was an easiness between them"; "a natural easiness of manner"
the way of the world, the ways of the world - the manner in which people typically behave or things typically happen; "the ordinary reader is endowed with considerable wisdom and knowledge of the way of the world"; "she was well-versed in the ways of the world before she had taken the veil"; "he was amazingly innocent of the ways of the world"


1. conduct, ways, actions, bearing, attitude, manner, manners, carriage, demeanour, deportment, mien (literary), comportment He was asked to explain his extraordinary behaviour.
2. action, working, running, performance, operation, practice, conduct, functioning This process modifies the cell's behaviour.
"Perfect behaviour is born of complete indifference" [Cesare Pavese This Business of Living]
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behavior (US) [bɪˈheɪvjəʳ]
A. N
1. [of person] → conducta f, comportamiento m
good behaviourbuena conducta f
to be on one's best behaviourcomportarse lo mejor posible
you must be on your best behaviourtienes que portarte lo mejor posible
2. (Mech etc) → funcionamiento m
B. CPD behaviour pattern Npatrón m de conducta


[bɪˈheɪvjər] (British) behavior (US) n
(= conduct) [person] → comportement m, conduite f
to be on one's best behaviour → très bien se tenir
(= actions) [people, animals] → comportement m; [organizations, organisms, machines] → comportement m


, (US) behavior
(= manner, bearing)Benehmen nt; (esp of children also) → Betragen nt; to be on one’s best behavioursich von seiner besten Seite zeigen, sein bestes Benehmen an den Tag legen
(towards others) → Verhalten nt(to(wards) gegenüber)
(of car, machine)Verhalten nt


behavior (Am) [bɪˈheɪvjəʳ] ncomportamento
to be on one's best behaviour → sforzarsi di comportarsi bene


(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.


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References in classic literature ?
It has always been a common topic of popular discussion whether animals "think." On this topic people are prepared to take sides without having the vaguest idea what they mean by "thinking." Those who desired to investigate such questions were led to observe the behaviour of animals, in the hope that their behaviour would throw some light on their mental faculties.
Careful observers of animals, being anxious to avoid precarious inferences, have gradually discovered more and more how to give an account of the actions of animals without assuming what we call "consciousness." It has seemed to the behaviourists that similar methods can be applied to human behaviour, without assuming anything not open to external observation.
No sooner did he appear than Elizabeth wisely resolved to be perfectly easy and unembarrassed; a resolution the more necessary to be made, but perhaps not the more easily kept, because she saw that the suspicions of the whole party were awakened against them, and that there was scarcely an eye which did not watch his behaviour when he first came into the room.
Elizabeth's collected behaviour, however, soon quieted his emotion; and as Miss Bingley, vexed and disappointed, dared not approach nearer to Wickham, Georgiana also recovered in time, though not enough to be able to speak any more.
Though his looks did not please her, his name was a passport to her goodwill, and she thought with sincere compassion of his approaching disappointment; for, in spite of what she had believed herself to overhear in the pump-room, his behaviour was so incompatible with a knowledge of Isabella's engagement that she could not, upon reflection, imagine him aware of it.
Tho' certainly nothing could to any reasonable Being, have appeared more satisfactory, than so gratefull a reply to her invitation, yet I know not how it was, but she was certainly capricious enough to be displeased with our behaviour and in a few weeks after, either to revenge our Conduct, or releive her own solitude, married a young and illiterate Fortune- hunter.
In his last letter he actually gave me some particulars of her behaviour at Langford, such as he received from a gentleman who knew her perfectly well, which, if true, must raise abhorrence against her, and which Reginald himself was entirely disposed to credit.
This behaviour of Mrs Bridget greatly surprised Mrs Deborah; for this well-bred woman seldom opened her lips, either to her master or his sister, till she had first sounded their inclinations, with which her sentiments were always consonant.
His attentive behaviour to herself and his sisters convinced her that their welfare was dear to him, and, for a long time, she firmly relied on the liberality of his intentions.