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  1. behave
  2. verb

    • 1. act or conduct oneself in a specified way, especially towards others:

      he always behaved like a gentleman it is not acceptable for a student to behave like that towards a teacher
      Synonym : conduct oneself, act, acquit oneself, bear oneself, carry oneself, comport oneself, deport oneself
    • 2. (of a machine or natural phenomenon) work or function in a specified way:

      each car behaves differently
    • 3. conduct oneself in accordance with the accepted norms of a society or group:

      ‘Just behave, Tom,’ he said they were expected to behave themselves
      Synonym : act correctly, act properly, conduct oneself well, act in a polite way, show good manners, mind one's manners, mind one's Ps and Qs, be good, be polite, be well behaved
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: behave, 3rd person present: behaves, gerund or present participle: behaving, past tense: behaved, past participle: behaved