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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.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)assert oneself, remember oneself, walk

Antonymsmisbehave, misconduct, misdemean

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