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behave

be·have

behave

 
 
pronunciation:
b heIv
parts of speech:
verb, transitive verb
part of speech: verb
inflections: behaved, behaves, behaving
definition 1: to act or function in a certain way.
It's interesting to study how animals behave.He behaves very differently when he's with his family from how he behaves with his friends.
synonyms:
act, function, operate, run
similar words:
deal, do, serve, work
definition 2: to act in a proper manner.
If you don't behave, your friends will have to go home.
antonyms:
misbehave
similar words:
act, mind, obey
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to conduct (oneself) in a proper manner.
The children behaved themselves well at the restaurant.
synonyms:
conduct
similar words:
acquit, act, carry