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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [bih-heyv-yer]
    • /bɪˈheɪv yər/
    • /bɪˈheɪ.vjər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [bih-heyv-yer]
    • /bɪˈheɪv yər/

Definitions of behavior word

  • variable noun behavior People's or animals' behavior is the way that they behave. You can refer to a typical and repeated way of behaving as a behavior. 3
  • uncountable noun behavior In science, the behavior of something is the way that it behaves. 3
  • noun behavior the way a person behaves or acts; conduct; manners 3
  • noun behavior an organism's responses to stimulation or environment, esp. those responses that can be observed 3
  • noun behavior an instance of behavior; specif., one of a recurring or characteristic pattern of observable actions or responses 3
  • noun behavior the way a machine, element, etc. acts or functions 3

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Origin of behavior

First appearance:

before 1375
One of the 22% oldest English words
1375-1425; behave + -ior (on model of havior, variant of havor < Middle French (h)avoir ≪ Latin habēre to have); replacing late Middle English behavoure, behaver. See behave, -or1

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Parts of speech for Behavior


behavior popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

behavior usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for behavior

noun behavior

  • style — a particular kind, sort, or type, as with reference to form, appearance, or character: the baroque style; The style of the house was too austere for their liking.
  • management — the act or manner of managing; handling, direction, or control.
  • nature — has the X nature
  • practice — habitual or customary performance; operation: office practice.
  • presence — the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.

Antonyms for behavior

noun behavior

  • cessation — The cessation of something is the stopping of it.
  • idleness — the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive, or idle: His lack of interest in the larger world and his consummate idleness were the causes of their dreadful divorce.
  • inactivity — not active: an inactive volcano.
  • inertia — inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness.
  • repose — the state of reposing or being at rest; rest; sleep.

Top questions with behavior

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