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verb behave pronunciation in American English /bɪˈheɪv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebehaving
past tensebehaved
past participlebehaved
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  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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