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Meaning of “behave” in the English Dictionary

"behave" in British English

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behaveverb [I]

uk   us   /bɪˈheɪv/
B1 to ​act in a ​particular way: She always behaves well/​badly when her ​aunts come to ​visit. Whenever there was a ​fullmoon he would ​start behaving ​strangely. They behaved as if nothing had ​happened. specialized science to show ​particularbehaviour in a ​particularsituation or under ​particularconditions: They ​learn how ​particles behave in ​solids, ​liquids, and ​gases. It is ​believed that ​animals behave ​differently before a ​naturaldisaster.B1 to be good by ​acting in a way that has society's ​approval: Did the ​children behave (themselves)?

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(Definition of behave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"behave" in American English

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behaveverb [I/T]

 us   /bɪˈheɪv/
to ​act in a ​particular way, or to ​act in a way that is ​consideredcorrect: [I] The ​judge will ​instruct the ​jury on how it is to behave.
(Definition of behave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"behave" in Business English

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behaveverb [I]

uk   us   /bɪˈheɪv/
to do something or ​happen in a particular way: Commodities ​markets don't always behave in the way ​people expect.
(Definition of behave from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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