Synonyms for behaving

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Antonyms for behaving

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BEHAVING

It stung her to hear her friends suspected of behaving unjustly.

You know perfectly well what I mean—the way you are behaving toward Rose.

Pete considered that he was behaving with great discernment and tact.

From the first, she made a show of behaving to me with great delicacy.

I don't mean how is he in health, but how is he going on: how is he behaving himself?'

Madre, I know I'm behaving shamefully, but we are all so hopelessly inappropriate.

She did not like being behindhand—one always gained by behaving nicely to her.

If you and I talk any longer we shall both be behaving like children.

When he spoke she thought he was behaving with less politeness than before.

And everybody was behaving from the prettiest of motives; that was the joke of it.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from be- intensive prefix + have in sense of "to have or bear (oneself) in a particular way, comport" (cf. German sich behaben, French se porter). Cognate Old English compound behabban meant "to contain," and alternatively the modern sense of behave might have evolved from behabban via a notion of "self-restraint." Related: Behaved; behaving.