Meaning of “behave” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ I ] us uk /bɪˈheɪv/
Extra Examples
Relax and try to behave naturally.She shouldn't behave like that in public.He usually behaves so sensibly.He behaved with great dignity and courage.He's been behaving very oddly lately.

B1 to do or say things in a particular way:

to behave badly/stupidly
They are behaving like children.
POLITELY also behave yourself

B1 to be polite and not make a situation difficult:

Try to behave.
The children can only come if they promise to behave themselves.
→ Opposite misbehave

(Definition of “behave” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)