Definition of “behaviour” - English Dictionary

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“behaviour” in British English

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behaviournoun

UK US behavior uk /bɪˈheɪ.vjər/ us /bɪˈheɪ.vjɚ/

B1 [ U ] the way that someone behaves:

Her behaviour is often appalling.
He was notorious for his violent and threatening behaviour.

[ C or U ] specialized biology, chemistry, physics, psychology the way that a person, an animal, a substance, etc. behaves in a particular situation or under particular conditions:

His research involved the study of instinctive behaviour in birds.
These behaviours can be observed among many children who have lost a parent or other loved one.

More examples

  • He has always demanded the highest standards of behaviour from his children.
  • The stupid behaviour of one pupil has brought discredit on the whole school.
  • His casual behaviour was wholly inappropriate for such a formal occasion.
  • After a while her behaviour really began to irritate me.
  • I'd just met his parents for the first time so I was on my best behaviour.

(Definition of “behaviour” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“behaviour” in Business English

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behaviournoun [ U ]

UK US behavior uk /bɪˈheɪvjər/ us

the way that someone or something behaves in a particular situation:

A boss's behaviour must be consistent both with the law and with broad public policy goals.
the behaviour of sb/sth In the last few years, the behavior of the stock market suggests that investors are cautious.
Good corporate behaviour makes good commercial sense.

(Definition of “behaviour” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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