Behave and Misbehave


Behave verb - To manage the actions of (oneself) in a particular way.
Usage example: if the children behave themselves properly and sit quietly during church, they'll get their ice cream afterward

Misbehave is an antonym for behave in topics: be well-behaved, function, properly.

Nearby Words: behavior, behaving


Misbehave verb - Behave badly.
Usage example: The children misbehaved all morning

Behave is an antonym for misbehave in topics: be naughty, act in inappropriate manner.

Common collocations

way behave way misbehave way

Both words in one sentence

  • Website / GoAnimate In extreme cases, some videos have the kids being told that they'll be rewarded or ungrounded if they behave...only to immediately misbehave or do something bad as soon as their parents/teacher leaves, despite having the chance to escape a grounding or Punishment Day.
  • I Know You Know I Know Used in Chuck, after the staff of the buy more is told to behave Morgan goes through this to try and work out whether or not they should misbehave due to the person telling them knowing they'd know he knows they know he knows how they'd act.
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