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American English: /bəˈheɪv/
British English: /bɪˈheɪv/

Translation of behave in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (act)
    (esp of children) portarse
    he doesn't usually behave so badly/well
    normalmente no se porta tan mal/bien
    he has no idea how to behave
    no sabe comportarse
    he's very badly behaved
    se porta muy mal
    she behaved in a suspicious manner
    actuó de forma sospechosa
    you behaved very rudely toward him
    estuviste or fuiste muy grosero con él
    Example sentences
    • I think of him as a friend, and he has always behaved like a gentleman whenever I see him.
    • And you can tell a lot about a woman by how she behaves towards her nanny.
    • The club claims that the man behaved violently towards a Union officer who was collecting entrance fees and had to be restrained by security staff on hand.
    Example sentences
    • It is only because you have admitted the breach of this order at the earliest opportunity and fortunately you were behaving yourself in that pizza take-away that we are not going to send you to prison.
    • ‘People think you should be behaving yourself at 54,’ says Spencer, ‘they think you should have said what you've got to say.’
    • He wound his window down and asked, ‘Are you behaving yourself?’
  • 2 (be good)
    portarse bien
    will you behave!
    ¡pórtate bien!
    ¡haz el favor de comportarte!
    their children know how to behave
    sus hijos se portan muy bien or saben comportarse
    let's hope the weather behaves
    esperemos que no nos falle el tiempo
  • 3 (function) (+ adverb complement) the car behaves well in the snow
    el coche responde bien en la nieve
    to behave as something
    funcionar como algo
    Example sentences
    • Some thought that water waves behaved differently from acoustic or other waves, or from pulses along a string.
    • Phenomena that we previously thought of as waves can sometimes behave like particles.
    • Energy behaves and performs in ways and manners that are different from matter, although there might be some similarities.

reflexive verb

  • to behave oneself
    portarse bien
    behave yourself!
    ¡pórtate bien!
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