behave

verb
ADVERB
impeccably (esp. BrE), perfectly, well
honourably/honorably
aggressively, badly, disgracefully (esp. BrE), outrageously (esp. BrE)

Children who behave badly are rejecting adult values.

appropriately, correctly, properly, responsibly

The officers investigated whether soldiers had behaved correctly.

improperly (esp. BrE), inappropriately, irresponsibly
rationally, reasonably
irrationally, stupidly, unreasonably (esp. BrE)
normally
erratically, oddly, strangely, suspiciously (esp. BrE)
differently

I know I should have behaved differently.

similarly

Humans and machines sometimes behave similarly.

accordingly

Children, if they are used to being treated with respect, will behave accordingly.

naturally

the freedom to behave naturally

PREPOSITION
according to

People behave according to their own understanding of situations.

as if, as though

He behaved as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened.

like

Stop behaving like a three-year-old!

towards/toward

He had always behaved in a friendly manner towards/toward us.


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  • behave — 1 Behave, conduct, comport, demean, deport, acquit, quit are comparable when they mean to act or to cause or allow (oneself) to act in a specified way or in a way that evokes comment. Behave denotes the performing of various actions or the saying …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Behave — Be*have , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Behaved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Behaving}.] [AS. behabban to surround, restrain, detain (akin to G. gehaben (obs.) to have, sich gehaben to behave or carry one s self); pref. be + habban to have. See {Have}, v. t. ] 1.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Behave — Be*have , v. i. To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one s self; as, to behave well or ill. [1913 Webster] Note: This verb is often used colloquially without an adverb of manner; as, if he does not behave, he will be punished. It is also often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • behave — be‧have [bɪˈheɪv] verb [intransitive] to act or to do something in a particular way: • Both gold and oil prices behaved exactly as analysts and investors had been predicting. * * * behave UK US /bɪˈheɪv/ verb [I] ► to do something or happen in a… …   Financial and business terms

  • behave — [bē hāv′, bihāv′] vt., vi. behaved, behaving [see BE & HAVE] 1. to conduct (oneself or itself) in a specified way; act or react 2. to conduct (oneself) in a correct or proper way SYN. BEHAVE, used reflexively (as also the other words in this… …   English World dictionary

  • behave — (v.) early 15c., from BE (Cf. be ) intensive prefix + HAVE (Cf. have) in sense of to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport (Cf. Ger. sich behaben, Fr. se porter). Cognate O.E. compound behabban meant to contain, and alternatively… …   Etymology dictionary

  • behave — [v1] function act, operate, perform, react, run, take, work; concepts 1,4 behave [v2] act reasonably, properly act correctly, act one’s age, act with decorum, be civil, be good, be nice, be on best behavior*, be orderly, comport oneself, conduct… …   New thesaurus

  • behave — ► VERB 1) act in a specified way. 2) (also behave oneself) act in a polite or proper way. ORIGIN from BE (Cf. ↑be ) + HAVE(Cf. ↑have) in the sense «bear (oneself) in a particular way» …   English terms dictionary

  • behave — index demean (deport oneself), deport (conduct oneself), obey Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • behave */*/ — UK [bɪˈheɪv] / US verb Word forms behave : present tense I/you/we/they behave he/she/it behaves present participle behaving past tense behaved past participle behaved 1) [intransitive] to do things in a particular way The children behaved very… …   English dictionary

  • behave — be|have [ bı heıv ] verb ** 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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