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[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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  • Remembering that seat of ivory in thy court, decked with jewels and beholding this seat of kusa grass, grief consumeth me, O king!

  • The idea is that the Namtar, on beholding his own likeness, will flee from it in dismay!

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • “You rob us of the rapture of beholding great beauties, Madam,” he said in a low, impassioned voice.

    A Lady of Quality Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Fancy their feelings on beholding their husband, father, sovereign, in this posture!

    The Christmas Books William Makepeace Thackeray
  • beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • The latter on beholding me called me by name, the first time she had ever done so.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • Philammon turned away his eyes from beholding vanity; but only to meet fresh vanity wheresoever they fell.

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • They had the additional pleasure of beholding Fritz following at his heels.

    The Cliff Climbers Captain Mayne Reid
  • He was almost as startled on seeing the four chums as they were at beholding him.

  • And how could I describe to you my feelings on beholding Edmee?

    Mauprat George Sand
British Dictionary definitions for beholding


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 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].

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