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I think sometimes bad behaviour can be liberating for certain people. They need to behave badly to find themselves - to go off path to find their path. You see it with kids all the time: They're testing boundaries, and I think that's healthy.
Noah Baumbach

Meaning of "behave" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BEHAVE

See be-, have.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BEHAVE

behave  [bɪˈheɪv] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BEHAVE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Behave is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb behave in English.

WHAT DOES BEHAVE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Behave

" Behave" is a single from Chumbawamba, different version than the song "Behave" off of their album Shhh, with full lyrics, a faster tempo and no trumpet or samples. According to the band: "Not much loved by Southern, this record was a bugbear which led to Chumbawamba finally calling it quits for the band's own Agit-Prop label: unable to afford to publicise the single properly and having to argue for the distributors to release it as CD as well as vinyl, 'Behave' was released whilst the band were on tour in USA. By the time they got back to the UK it had virtually disappeared without trace. Nevertheless it remains one of Chumbawamba's favourite recordings." The line "Mickey Mouse grew up a cow" comes from the David Bowie song "Life on Mars?", with the addition of the line "you should hear the things they say about Minnie now."...

Definition of behave in the English dictionary

The first definition of behave in the dictionary is to act or function in a specified or usual way. Other definition of behave is to conduct in a specified way. Behave is also to conduct properly or as desired.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO BEHAVE

PRESENT

Present
I behave
you behave
he/she/it behaves
we behave
you behave
they behave
Present continuous
I am behaving
you are behaving
he/she/it is behaving
we are behaving
you are behaving
they are behaving
Present perfect
I have behaved
you have behaved
he/she/it has behaved
we have behaved
you have behaved
they have behaved
Present perfect continuous
I have been behaving
you have been behaving
he/she/it has been behaving
we have been behaving
you have been behaving
they have been behaving
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I behaved
you behaved
he/she/it behaved
we behaved
you behaved
they behaved
Past continuous
I was behaving
you were behaving
he/she/it was behaving
we were behaving
you were behaving
they were behaving
Past perfect
I had behaved
you had behaved
he/she/it had behaved
we had behaved
you had behaved
they had behaved
Past perfect continuous
I had been behaving
you had been behaving
he/she/it had been behaving
we had been behaving
you had been behaving
they had been behaving
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will behave
you will behave
he/she/it will behave
we will behave
you will behave
they will behave
Future continuous
I will be behaving
you will be behaving
he/she/it will be behaving
we will be behaving
you will be behaving
they will be behaving
Future perfect
I will have behaved
you will have behaved
he/she/it will have behaved
we will have behaved
you will have behaved
they will have behaved
Future perfect continuous
I will have been behaving
you will have been behaving
he/she/it will have been behaving
we will have been behaving
you will have been behaving
they will have been behaving
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would behave
you would behave
he/she/it would behave
we would behave
you would behave
they would behave
Conditional continuous
I would be behaving
you would be behaving
he/she/it would be behaving
we would be behaving
you would be behaving
they would be behaving
Conditional perfect
I would have behave
you would have behave
he/she/it would have behave
we would have behave
you would have behave
they would have behave
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been behaving
you would have been behaving
he/she/it would have been behaving
we would have been behaving
you would have been behaving
they would have been behaving
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you behave
we let´s behave
you behave
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to behave
Past participle
behaved
Present Participle
behaving
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH BEHAVE


brave
breɪv
cave
keɪv
clave
kleɪv
concave
ˈkɒnkeɪv
crave
kreɪv
enclave
ˈɛnkleɪv
fave
feɪv
gave
ɡeɪv
grave
ɡreɪv
lave
leɪv
microwave
ˈmaɪkrəʊˌweɪv
misbehave
ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv
nave
neɪv
pave
peɪv
rave
reɪv
save
seɪv
shave
ʃeɪv
slave
sleɪv
they´ve
ðeɪv
wave
weɪv

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BEHAVE

behalf
Behan
behappen
behatted
behaver
behaviorally
behavioristic
behaviour
behaviour modification
behaviour patterns
behaviour therapy
behavioural
behavioural contagion
behavioural science
behavioural sink
behaviourally
behaviourism
behaviourist
behaviouristic
behead

WORDS THAT END LIKE BEHAVE

aftershave
agave
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close shave
drawshave
from the cradle to the grave
have
leave
Mohave
must-have
new wave
octave
reshave
spokeshave
suave
the grave
the New Wave
trave
weave
wet shave

Synonyms and antonyms of behave in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «BEHAVE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «behave» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of behave
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Translation of «behave» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BEHAVE

Find out the translation of behave to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of behave from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «behave» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

举动
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

comportarse
570 millions of speakers

English

behave
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

व्यवहार करते हैं
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَتَصَرَّفُ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

вести себя
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

comportar-se
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আচরণ করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

se comporter
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Berkelakuan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

benehmen (sich)
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

振舞う
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

행동하다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nindakake
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cư xử
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நடந்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वागणे
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

davranmak
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

comportarsi
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zachować się
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

поводитися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a se comporta
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συμπεριφέρομαι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

optree
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

uppföra (sig)
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

oppføre (seg)
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of behave

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BEHAVE»

The term «behave» is very widely used and occupies the 16.077 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BEHAVE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «behave» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «behave» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about behave

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10 QUOTES WITH «BEHAVE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word behave.
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Jean-Jacques Annaud
British actors behave like Europeans; they are also extremely well trained.
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Mario Balotelli
Even if I don't always behave as I should, this still doesn't explain why so many people have something against me. But you know how it is. A lot of people vent themselves by coming to the stadium to yell at me. I hope it's not racism. I tell myself that it's not racism; it's because I'm tough, and I repeat this to myself.
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Noah Baumbach
I think sometimes bad behaviour can be liberating for certain people. They need to behave badly to find themselves - to go off path to find their path. You see it with kids all the time: They're testing boundaries, and I think that's healthy.
4
Paul Bloom
Once we accept violence as an adaptation, it makes sense that its expression is calibrated to the environment. The same individual will behave differently if he comes of age in Detroit, Mich., versus Windsor, Ontario; in New York in the 1980s versus New York now; in a culture of honor versus a culture of dignity.
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Danny Bonaduce
If you ever get rich and famous, by definition you are special. You have done something special, and therefore you start to behave special. Then if the floor drops out, and you become down and out, you have a really new perspective.
6
Alan Bullock
The corruption of people is to behave in an inhuman way.
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Max Cannon
People are going to behave however the social norms permit, and beyond that.
8
Raymond Carver
Life and death matters, yes. And the question of how to behave in this world, how to go in the face of everything. Time is short and the water is rising.
9
Ilka Chase
It is usually when men are at their most religious that they behave with the least sense and the greatest cruelty.
10
Diane Cilento
If there was a distraction I'd get up and jump out the window. I was quite out of hand. In schools like that I don't think they expect that girls are going to behave in such an outrageous fashion.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BEHAVE»

Discover the use of behave in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to behave and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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How to Behave and Why
Presents the four things people must be in order to live together pleasantly: honest, fair, strong, and wise.
Munro Leaf, 2002
2
How to Behave
Here are dozens of fascinating skills that Emily Post wouldn’t even think to mention—like the best ways to: • share elbow space on an airplane armrest • contend with road rage • navigate an escalator • observe basic e-mail ...
Caroline Tiger, 2011
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Getting the Buggers to Behave
The fourth edition of this bestselling book includes new material for early years and further education (FE) practitioners, and those working in the toughest schools. >
Sue Cowley, 2010
4
Behave!: Etiquette Lessons for Adults
Good Etiquette—Know the Signs—Show the Signs “Comport yourself with dignity and grace.” “Aim to Please.” “Keep your Elbows off the Table.” “Play to the Strengths in Your Personality.” “Good Posture is a sign of Good ...
T. K. Reilly, 2011
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How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days Or Less, Using the ...
A hilarious gem of a book that turns the often-expressed axiom "Men are dogs" into a howling little handbook on men for contemporary women, assuring that control will be theirs forever, as behavioral problems vanish within three weeks- ...
Karen Salmansohn, 1994
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How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too
If you have said YES to any of these questions, this book will save your sanity! HOW TO BEHAVE SO YOUR CHILDREN WILL, TOO! teaches you how to teach your children to behave, how to listen and how to be more co-operative.
Sal Severe, 2000
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How to Behave - Dating and Sex: A Guide to Modern Manners ...
In this guide to modern love, the author of How to Behave: A Guide to Modern Manners for the Socially Challenged reveals the answers to these and other burning questions.With more than 60 scenarios that run the gamut from flirting to first ...
Caroline Tiger, 2006
8
Oh Behave!: Dogs from Pavlov to Premack to Pinker
Jean Donaldson brings her considerable wisdom - and wit - to a wide variety of topics of interest to dog trainers and enthusiasts in the latest book from Dogwise Publishing.
Jean Donaldson, 2008
9
Pinkerton, Behave!
His behavior may be rather unconventional, but Pinkerton the dog proves it doesn't really matter.
Steven Kellogg, 2009
10
Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave
Lighthearted yet supportive and frank, this book helps readers learn to make thoughtful, deliberate, positive behavior decisions.
Elizabeth Verdick, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BEHAVE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term behave is used in the context of the following news items.
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Behave yourself at school ceremonies
Note to parents: Behave yourselves. It says something about our society when we have to remind adults not to behave like children, but each ... «Alton Telegraph, Jul 15»
2
Dogs behave 'negatively' to people who are mean to their master
If people say that dogs are loyal to their owner then they surely mean it as a new study has revealed that domestic dogs avoid people who are ... «New Kerala, Jul 15»
3
Congress Leaders Should Advice their Children on How to Behave
KOCHI: In a hard-hitting reply to Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, filmmaker Joy Mathew said the followers of those who tortured and ... «NYOOOZ, Jul 15»
4
Keegan: Behave and you'll fit right in
Pablo Mendez of A&J Construction cuts cleats for floor joists at CityScape at Belmar in Lakewood in March. Metro West Solutions, an affordable ... «The Denver Post, Jul 15»
5
The most and least relaxed countries, based on how people behave
How you vacation says a lot about you. Dash around like a crazed squirrel? Hole up in a hammock sloth-style? A new survey gives insights into ... «Washington Post, Jul 15»
6
Does too much testosterone make men behave irresponsibly?
Research published yesterday by Imperial College London suggests that hormones testosterone and cortisol may be having a negative and ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jul 15»
7
Woman Who Tried To Sneak Aboard Airliners Vows To Behave
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has repeatedly tried to sneak aboard airplanes around the country has been released from the Cook County ... «CBS Local, Jul 15»
8
New Deutsche Bank CEO delays overhaul, warns staff to behave
UK-DEUTSCHE-BANK-CEO:New Deutsche Bank CEO delays overhaul, warns John Cryan smiles as he addresses a news conference in this ... «Yahoo7 News, Jul 15»
9
How do you behave in a war zone? There's an app for that
How do you behave in a war zone? There's an app for that. PRI's The World. July 01, 2015 · 3:00 PM EDT. By Rebecca Collard (follow). 93. facebook Share on ... «PRI, Jul 15»
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Congress should take training from BJP on right way to behave in …
"Would like to give Congress an unasked-for advice; they should take some training from us on how to behave in the opposition," said Naqvi. «Zee News, Jul 15»

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