- simple past tense and past participle of behold.
- to observe; look at; see.
- look; see: And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear.
Origin of behold
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- the past tense and past participle of behold
- to look (at); observe
Word Origin and History for be-held
past tense and past participle of 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].