W1S2 BrE behavior AmE [bıˈheıvjə US -ər] n [U]
1.) the things that a person or animal does
It is important to reward good behaviour .
The headmaster will not tolerate bad behaviour .
behaviour towards
She complained of her boss's inappropriate behavior towards her.
Can TV violence cause aggressive behavior ?
We are trying to understand the causes of criminal behaviour .
the effects of alcohol on human behaviour
the boundaries of acceptable social behavior
common animal behavior patterns
It's hard to change your behaviour , even harder to keep it changed.
They argued that the presence of TV cameras at the trial influenced the behavior of attorneys, witnesses, and jurors.
2.) be on your best behaviour
to behave as well and politely as you can in order to please someone
I want you both to be on your best behaviour at Grandad's.
3.) the things that something in science normally does
behaviour of
the behaviour of human chromosomes
>behavioural adj
behavioural science
>behaviourally adv
COLLOCATES for sense 1
good/bad behaviour
violent/aggressive/criminal etc behaviour
human/social behaviour
pattern of behaviour/behaviour pattern
behaviour problem (=when someone often behaves badly)
change/modify your behaviour
influence somebody's behaviour

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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