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[bih-held] /bɪˈhɛld/
simple past tense and past participle of behold.
Related forms
unbeheld, adjective


[bih-hohld] /bɪˈhoʊld/
verb (used with object), beheld, beholding.
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 behaldan to keep. See be-, hold1
Related forms
beholdable, adjective
beholder, noun
unbeholdable, adjective
1. regard, gaze upon, view; watch; discern. Unabridged
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  • Never was a spectacle of a like nature, more awful yet more magnificent, beheld.

    Mark Seaworth William H.G. Kingston
  • In other words, the most wretched hole of its kind I had as yet beheld.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • I looked at my hands, and beheld they were becoming like those of some one very aged.

    The Uninhabited House Mrs. J. H. Riddell
  • There he saw the Christian community, and beheld the place of their abode.

  • Marshland gave a cry as she beheld the sight of the unhappy Wilson slink into a corner.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford
  • I beheld other patches of similar foliage, some of them nearly an acre in breadth.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • No sooner had Mr. Kung beheld this lovely creature than he quite forgot to groan, and began to brighten up.

  • The general burst of terrific grandeur was all that I beheld.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
British Dictionary definitions for beheld


the past tense and past participle of behold


verb (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something, archaic or literary) -holds, -holding, -held
to look (at); observe
Derived Forms
beholder, noun
Word Origin
Old English bihealdan; related to Old High German bihaltan, Dutch behouden; see be-, hold
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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].

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