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misbehave

[mis-bi-heyv] /ˌmɪs bɪˈheɪv/
verb (used without object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
1.
to behave badly or improperly:
The children misbehaved during our visit.
verb (used with object), misbehaved, misbehaving.
2.
to conduct (oneself) without regard for good manners or accepted moral standards:
Several of the guests misbehaved themselves.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see mis-1, behave
Related forms
misbehaver, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for misbehaving

misbehave

/ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪv/
verb
1.
to behave (oneself) badly
Derived Forms
misbehaver, noun
misbehaviour (ˌmɪsbɪˈheɪvjə) noun
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Word Origin and History for misbehaving

misbehave

v.

"conduct oneself improperly," late 15c.; see mis- (1) + behave. Related: Misbehaved; misbehaving.

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