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"misbehave" in British English

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misbehaveverb [I]

uk   us   /ˌmɪs.bɪˈheɪv/
  • misbehave verb [I] (MACHINE)

If ​machines misbehave, they do not ​operate as they should: If ​computercircuits are ​allowed to ​overheat they will misbehave .
misbehaviour
noun [U] UK (US misbehavior) uk   /-ˈheɪ.vjər/  us   /-ˈheɪ.vjɚ/
The ​schoolexpelled him for ​persistent misbehaviour.
(Definition of misbehave from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"misbehave" in American English

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misbehaveverb [I]

 us   /ˌmɪs·bɪˈheɪv/
to ​behavebadly: There will always be some ​kids who misbehave.
misbehavior
noun [U] (Cdn Br misbehaviour)  us   /ˌmɪs·bɪˈheɪ·vjər/
You can be ​suspended from ​school for that ​sort of misbehavior.
(Definition of misbehave from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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