- 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 beholding
It is a picture of horror, which I should have as little pleasure in drawing as you in beholding.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
And no thought of impurity came to him on beholding that lily, snowy whiteness.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
In the meantime they are happy in their hopes, and for this also they are beholding to me.
And therefore for this reason it is that old age dotes; and that it does so, it is beholding to me.
On beholding him Gervaise uttered such a deep wailing that he awoke.L'Assommoir
- to look (at); observe
Word Origin and History for beholding
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].