- 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 beholder
Beauty, in his case at least, really is in the eye of the beholder.Art on the Tracks
February 1, 2014
I joined the Marines the week I turned 17, and that led to a few experiences that might qualify as adventure—eye of the beholder.Daniel Woodrell: How I Write
September 4, 2013
But be warned, the action here is mostly in the eyes of the beholder.Thomas H. Cook’s Book Bag: Must Reads on the Writing Life
Thomas H. Cook
August 14, 2012
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we have some very pretty girls here.Harry Warned Off ‘Fornicating’?
November 8, 2011
As you can see, chalak is in the eye of the accuser, er, beholder.The Insult Behind Obama's U.K. Codename
Asra Q. Nomani
May 24, 2011
The Eastern end of the Cathedral does not impress the beholder.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He is a beholder of ideas and an utterer of the necessary and causal.
The metamorphosis excites in the beholder an emotion of joy.
Any beholder would imagine that she was alive, and not dead.The Arabian Nights
It gave him a roguish—almost boyish—effect most appealing to the beholder.Gigolo
- to look (at); observe
Word Origin and History for beholder
late 14c., agent noun from 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].