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English definition of “misbehave”

misbehave

verb [I] uk   /ˌmɪs.bɪˈheɪv/ us  

misbehave verb [I] (PERSON)

C1 to behave badly: I was always getting in trouble for misbehaving at school.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant

misbehave verb [I] (MACHINE)

If machines misbehave, they do not operate as they should: If computer circuits are allowed to overheat they will misbehave .Not functioning
misbehaviour
noun [U] uk UK (US misbehavior)   /-ˈheɪ.vjər/ us    /-ˈheɪ.vjɚ/
The school expelled him for persistent misbehaviour.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
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