beheld

[bih-held]
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behold

[bih-hohld]
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

Synonyms for behold

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1. regard, gaze upon, view; watch; discern.
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Historical Examples of be-held

  • The proph-et's keen vi-sion, trans-pierc-ing the a-ges, Be-held us to 5.

  • He turn-ed his eyes a-round, and be-held, much to his dis-may, a fierce wolf pre-par-ing to spring up-on him.

    The Giant Hands

    Alfred Crowquill


British Dictionary definitions for be-held

beheld

verb
  1. the past tense and past participle of 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 for behold

Old English bihealdan; related to Old High German bihaltan, Dutch behouden; see be-, hold
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Word Origin and History for be-held

beheld

v.

past tense and past participle of behold.

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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