How to Use "Behavior" in a Sentence

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Conversation Questions about Behavior

be.hav.ior /bɪheɪvjər / American English  noun [uncountable]

be‧hav‧iour /bɪheɪvjə(r)/ British English noun [uncountable]

Behavior

 

1   [uncountable]  the way that sb behaves, especially towards other people. the things that a person or animal does

  • good/bad behaviour He had his jail term cut for good behaviour. | It is important to reward good behaviour.
  • social/sexual/criminal behaviour
  • His behaviour towards her was becoming more aggressive.
  • I know you were upset, but that doesn't excuse your behaviour.
  • Parents can influence the behaviour of their children.
  • Parents should reinforce good behaviour.
  • his behaviour towards his parents
  • Her behaviour is often appalling.
  • He was notorious for his violent and threatening behaviour.
  • She complained of her boss’s inappropriate behavior towards her.

2   [uncountable , countable]  the way a person, an animal, a plant, a chemical, etc. behaves or functions in a particular situation, the things that something in science normally does.

  • behaviour of the behaviour of dolphins/chromosomes | the behaviour of human chromosomes
  • Animals in zoos often display disturbed behaviour.
  • a report of suspicious behaviour
  • a new study looking at the behaviour and attitudes of young men
  • the effects of alcohol on human behaviour   
  • studying human and animal behaviour
  • (technical) to study learned behaviours

Idiom: be on your best behaviour: to behave in the most polite way you can (in order to please someone)  I want you both to be on your best behaviour at Grandad’s.
behavioural   adjective:  behavioural science
behaviourally   adverb

How to Use "behavior" in a Sentence

Collocations

- adjectives

  • good/bad   The boys were suspended from school for bad behaviour.  |  His good behaviour did not last long.
  • normal/abnormal   They thought their son’s behaviour was perfectly normal.  |  Were there any signs of abnormal behaviour?
  • aggressive/violent/threatening    His behavior became increasingly violent.
  • antisocial   antisocial behaviour such as spitting and swearing in public
  • acceptable/unacceptable    This sort of behavior is completely unacceptable.
  • appropriate/inappropriate   formal  (= suitable/not suitable for that situation )    Within the official school framework there are penalties for inappropriate behaviour.
  • human/animal behaviour   the scientific study of human behaviour  |  detailed observations of animal behaviour
  • criminal behaviour   There are many theories as to what causes criminal behaviour.
  • sexual behaviour   a survey of human sexual behaviour

- behaviour + noun

  • behaviour problems  She teaches children with behaviour problems.

- phrases

  • standards of behaviour  declining standards of behaviour among young people  |  It’s a parent’s job to instruct children in acceptable standards of behaviour.
  • a pattern of behaviour  Different patterns of behaviour exist in different cultures.

- verbs:

  • change your behaviour  (also modify your behaviour formal)  He has no reason to change his behaviour.
  • influence sb’s behaviour  The genes we inherit influence our behaviour.

- Thesaurus:

  • Behavior the way someone behaves :  Chemicals added to food may be responsible for children’s bad behaviour.  |  Tatsuya apologized for his behaviour towards me.
  • conduct   formal  the way someone behaves in public or in their job – used mainly in official or legal contexts :  Bates was arrested and charged with  disorderly conduct  (= noisy and violent ) .  |  The committee found him guilty of unsatisfactory  professional conduct .
  • manner   the way someone behaves when they are talking to or dealing with other people, which is shown in their expression, their voice etc :  She had a pleasant friendly manner.  |  Suddenly his whole manner changed, and he started shouting.  |  His initial manner towards her had been rather formal.
  • demeanour   British English ,  demeanor   American English   formal   the way someone looks and behaves, which shows you something about their character or feelings :  She maintained a calm demeanour at all times.  |  Wenger’s demeanour suggested that he was not happy with the situation.
  • antics   someone’s behaviour – used when you think it is silly, funny, strange, or annoying :  The drunken antics of some English football fans has brought shame on the country.  |  The actor is becoming known for his increasingly bizarre off-screen antics.

 
 References:

  • Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition ,© Cambridge University Press 2013
  • Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 5th Edition ,© Pearson Education Limited 2009
  • Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, 8th edition

 

Conversation Questions about Behavior

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