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behave - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'behave' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Behave [ v. i.]
- To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill.
2 . Behave [ v. t.]
- To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain.
- To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; -- used reflexively.

Meaning of 'behave' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . behave [ v]
Meaning (1):
- behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
Example in sentence:
  • Don't behave like a fool;
  • The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people;
  • What makes her do this way?;
  • You should act like an adult
Meaning (2):
- behave in a certain manner
Example in sentence:
  • he bore himself with dignity;
  • She carried herself well;
  • They conducted themselves well during these difficult times
Meaning (3):
- behave well or properly
Example in sentence:
  • The children must learn to behave