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Another word for behave

VERB

  1. To conduct oneself in a specified way

    See also:

    be

  2. To react in a specified way

    See also:

    action

Synonym Study

  • Demean suggests behavior or appearance that is indicative of the specified character trait she demeaned herself like a gracious hostess
  • Acquit suggests behavior in accordance with the duties of one's position or with one's obligations the rookie acquitted himself like a major leaguer
  • Comport and esp. deport suggest behavior in accordance with the fixed rules of society they deported themselves like gentlemen
  • Conduct implies the direction or guidance of one's actions in a specified way she conducted herself well at the trial
  • Behave , used reflexively (as also the other words in this comparison), implies action in conformity with the required standards of decorum did the children behave themselves?