Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[agent[animate]] BEHAVE (like) (NP2) NP1[agent] Behave ADVP NP2
He behaved like an utter fool.
Al Gore behaved like a villainous wrestler.
The driver did not have the receipt and behaved very unprofessionally.
She's been behaving oddly.
He should have behaved like a grown-up with them!
Now, children, behave yourselves.
They did not behave, and were asked to leave.
And if you don't behave I'll turn you into a goon!
She behaved so well, I was so proud of her!
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 3
Commentary: Syntax Includes: NP1[Topic[inanimate]] BEHAVE ADVP NP1[Topic[inanimate]] BEHAVE PP
NOTE: Compare carefully to sense 1; this sense is for inanimate objects that cannot be agentive. In sense 1, it may be ambiguous as to whether or not the NP chooses to "act or perform" in a certain manner. This sense is unambiguous.
Prices for cashews behaved erratically.
The nailed wood boxes sector has behaved erratically, peaking in 1989.
The early universe may have behaved like a liquid.
Unexpectedly, the quark gluon plasma behaved like a perfect liquid of quarks.