When someone is behaving in a certain way, they are acting in a way that is typically considered polite and acceptable. This might include things like following the rules, being polite, and not making too much noise.

  • He was behaving very rudely by talking on his cell phone in the library.

  • She was behaving very nicely by waiting until everyone was done before she started her own conversation.

Definition of behaving


To conduct (oneself) well, or in a given way.


To act, conduct oneself in a specific manner; used with an adverbial of manner.


To conduct, manage, regulate (something).


To act in a polite or proper way.



Nearby Words

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Example Sentences for behaving

  • 1

    It behaves as a fast acting neurotoxin in insects.

  • 2

    The electrons are unbound and behave like the conduction electrons in a metal.

  • 3

    How the Grammar brats behave on the tram has nothing to do with it.

  • 4

    The boy was required to behave with courtesy.

  • 5

    The clone behaves like the Superman.

  • 6

    Kurt behaved insolently toward adults.

  • 7

    She behaves disobediently in the school and the dormitory.

  • 8

    Everyone will behave courteously and in good faith.

  • 9

    He behaved insolently toward adults.

  • 10

    He conscientiously behaves servile and devote.