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verb behave pronunciation in American English /bɪˈheɪv/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybehave
he/she/itbehaves
present participlebehaving
past tensebehaved
past participlebehaved
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to do things in a particular way

    The children behaved very badly.

    behave like:

    You behaved like a complete idiot!

    behave toward:

    This is not how you behave toward a child.

    behave as if/though:

    He behaved as though he hadn't seen Ellie.

    a badly behaved dog

    behave in a sensible/alarming etc. way:

    She was embarrassed at having behaved in such a childish way.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to be polite and not be rude or cause trouble

    Mom's always telling me to behave when we go out.

    behave yourself:

    I hope the children behave themselves.

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