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behold

[bih-hohld]
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verb (used with object), be·held, be·hold·ing.
  1. to observe; look at; see.
interjection
  1. 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 formsbe·hold·a·ble, adjectivebe·hold·er, nounun·be·hold·a·ble, adjective

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1. regard, gaze upon, view; watch; discern.
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  • And the third time I said, 'Behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings.'

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • The voice again said, 'Behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings!'

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • When the sun arose in the morning he did not say "Behold another day."

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • Behold me with staff and scrip, footing it merrily in the Land of Pardons.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • If we could not enter the land of Canaan, we could at least behold it from Mount Pisgah.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards


British Dictionary definitions for behold

behold

verb -holds, -holding or -held (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something) archaic, or literary
  1. to look (at); observe
Derived Formsbeholder, 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 behold

v.

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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