Definition of


  1. (verb, body) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    Don't behave like a fool
    What makes her do this way?
    The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people
  2. (verb, social) behave in a certain manner
    he bore himself with dignity
    They conducted themselves well during these difficult times
  3. (verb, social) behave well or properly

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Synonyms of Behave

acquit, act, bear, carry, comport, conduct, deport, do

Antonyms of Behave


Origin of the word Behave

  1. early 15c., from be- intensive prefix + have; the sense is "to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport" (cf. Ger. sich behaben, Fr. se porter). Cognate O.E. compound behabban meant "to contain," though the modern sense of behave could have evolved from behabban via a notion of "self-restraint." more

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Words that sound like Behave

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