- simple past tense and past participle of behold.
- to observe; look at; see.
- look; see: And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear.
Origin of behold
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Examples from the Web for beheld
Thirty years later, Miller beheld her in another proceeding and asked the board not to parole her.The First Modern School Shooter Feels Responsible for the Rest
May 30, 2014
Upon their arrival in Rockaway on Friday, the sisters were stunned by the destruction they beheld.Sandy’s Rockaway Victims Pause to Vote, Press On With Recovery Efforts
November 7, 2012
Again I beheld Mr Clayton immersed in the doings of the place.
The bitterest hour that I have known, was that in which you fell, and I beheld your fall.
That I am not now; nor have I been from the moment I beheld this angel of a woman.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Now Vavasor was in reality not a little disgusted at what he beheld.Weighed and Wanting
She can be the most dignified young woman on occasion that I ever beheld.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- the past tense and past participle of behold
- to look (at); observe
Word Origin and History for beheld
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].