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04/11/2011

behave – behaviour

Filed under: Extra — anlactunay @ 3:37 PM

behave  behaves  behaving  behaved      
 1     The way that you behave is the way that you do and say things, and the things that you do and say.
  I couldn’t believe these people were behaving in this way…
  He’d behaved badly.
     VERB: V prep/adv, V prep/adv 
     = act 
 2     If you behave or behave yourself, you act in the way that people think is correct and proper.
  You have to behave…
  They were expected to behave themselves.
     VERB: V, V pron-refl 
    
 3     In science, the way that something behaves is the things that it does.
  Under certain conditions, electrons can behave like waves rather than particles.
     VERB: V prep/adv

be*hav*iour   
          behaviour  behaviours      
  in AM, use behavior
 1     People’s or animals’ behaviour is the way that they behave. You can refer to a typical and repeated way of behaving as a behaviour.
  Make sure that good behaviour is rewarded.
  …human sexual behaviour…
  These eating patterns are a learned behavior.
     N-VAR: with supp 
     = conduct 
 2     In science, the behaviour of something is the way that it behaves.
  It will be many years before anyone can predict a hurricane’s behavior with much accuracy.
     N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl, with poss 
    
 3     If someone is on their best behaviour, they are trying very hard to behave well.
     PHRASE: v-link PHR 
    
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