Behavior vs. Behave - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Behavior

    Behavior (American English) or behaviour (Commonwealth English) is the range of actions and mannerisms made by individuals, organisms, systems, or artificial entities in conjunction with themselves or their environment, which includes the other systems or organisms around as well as the (inanimate) physical environment. It is the response of the system or organism to various stimuli or inputs, whether internal or external, conscious or subconscious, overt or covert, and voluntary or involuntary.Taking a behavior informatics perspective, a behavior consists of behavior actor, operation, interactions, and their properties. A behavior can be represented as a behavior vector.

Wiktionary

  • Behavior (noun)

    Human conduct relative to social norms.

  • Behavior (noun)

    The way a living creature behaves or acts generally.

  • Behavior (noun)

    A state of probation about one's conduct.

    "He was on his best behavior when her family visited."

  • Behavior (noun)

    An instance of the way a living creature behaves.

  • Behavior (noun)

    Observable response produced by an organism.

  • Behavior (noun)

    The way a device or system operates.

  • Behave (verb)

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

    "You need to behave yourself, young lady."

  • Behave (verb)

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

    "He behaves like a child whenever she's around."

    "How did the students behave while I was gone?"

    "My laptop has been behaving erratically ever since you borrowed it."

  • Behave (verb)

    To conduct, manage, regulate (something).

  • Behave (verb)

    To act in a polite or proper way.

    "His mother threatened to spank him if he didn't behave."

Webster Dictionary

  • Behavior (noun)

    Manner of behaving, whether good or bad; mode of conducting one's self; conduct; deportment; carriage; - used also of inanimate objects; as, the behavior of a ship in a storm; the behavior of the magnetic needle.

  • Behave

    To manage or govern in point of behavior; to discipline; to handle; to restrain.

  • Behave

    To carry; to conduct; to comport; to manage; to bear; - used reflexively.

  • Behave (verb)

    To act; to conduct; to bear or carry one's self; as, to behave well or ill.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Behavior (noun)

    manner of acting or conducting yourself

  • Behavior (noun)

    the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances;

    "the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"

  • Behavior (noun)

    (behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people

  • Behavior (noun)

    (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation

  • Behave (verb)

    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself;

    "You should act like an adult"

    "Don't behave like a fool"

    "What makes her do this way?"

    "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

  • Behave (verb)

    behave in a certain manner;

    "She carried herself well"

    "he bore himself with dignity"

    "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"

  • Behave (verb)

    behave well or properly;

    "The children must learn to behave"

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