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English verb: behave

1. behave (body) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself


SamplesYou should act like an adult.
Don't behave like a fool.
What makes her do this way?.
The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people.


Synonymsact, do


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s Adjective


Narrower (hyponym)act, act as, act involuntarily, act reflexively, backslap, bend over backwards, bluster, break down, bungle, dally, dawdle, fall over backwards, follow, footle, freeze, frivol, hugger mugger, jest, joke, loosen up, lose it, make, make, make as if, menace, optimise, optimize, piffle, play, play, presume, puff up, quack, rage, ramp, relax, romanticize, sauce, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, sentimentise, sentimentize, snap, stooge, storm, swagger, swash, swell, toy, trifle, vulgarise, vulgarize, wanton


Verb groupact, act, act as, dissemble, play, pretend

2. behave (social) behave in a certain manner


SamplesShe carried herself well.
He bore himself with dignity.
They conducted themselves well during these difficult times.


Synonymsacquit, bear, carry, comport, conduct, deport


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)act, bear, carry, hold, move


Narrower (hyponym)assert, deal, fluster, pose, posture, put forward, walk around

3. behave (social) behave well or properly


SamplesThe children must learn to behave.


Synonymscomport


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)act, move


Narrower (hyponym)assert oneself, remember oneself, walk


Antonymsmisbehave, misconduct, misdemean









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