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behave

be·have

behave

 
 
pronunciation:
b heIv
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: behaved, behaves, behaving
definition 1: to act or function in a certain way.
The young cubs will soon learn how to behave as adults.He always behaves like a little boy when he's sick.This gauge is behaving erratically.
synonyms:
act, function, operate, run
similar words:
deal, do, serve, work
definition 2: to conduct oneself in a proper manner.
She told the children they would have to behave when they got to their grandmother's house.
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:
comport, conduct
antonyms:
misbehave
similar words:
acquit, act, carry, demean
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