verb (used with object), be·held, be·hold·ing.
- to observe; look at; see.
- look; see: And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear.
Origin of behold
before 900; Middle English beholden, Old English behaldanRelated formsbe·hold·a·ble, adjectivebe·hold·er, nounun·be·hold·a·ble, adjective
to keep. See be-
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Examples from the Web for be-held
The proph-et's keen vi-sion, trans-pierc-ing the a-ges, Be-held us to 5.
He turn-ed his eyes a-round, and be-held, much to his dis-may, a fierce wolf pre-par-ing to spring up-on him.
British Dictionary definitions for be-held
- the past tense and past participle of behold
verb -holds, -holding or -held (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something) archaic, or literaryDerived Formsbeholder, noun
- to look (at); observe
Old English bihealdan; related to Old High German bihaltan, Dutch behouden; see be-, hold
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Word Origin and History for be-held
past tense and past participle of behold.
Old English bihaldan (West Saxon behealdan) "give regard to, hold in view," also "to keep hold of, to belong to," from be- + haldan, healdan (see hold). Related: Beheld; beholding. A common West Germanic compound, cf. Old Saxon bihaldan "hold, keep," Old Frisian bihalda, Old High German bihaltan, German behalten, but "[t]he application to watching, looking, is confined to English" [OED].
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