[ bih-held ]
/ bɪˈhɛld /


simple past tense and past participle of behold.

Related forms

un·be·held, adjective

Definition for be-held (2 of 2)


[ bih-hohld ]
/ bɪˈhoʊld /

verb (used with object), be·held, be·hold·ing.

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

be·hold·a·ble, adjectivebe·hold·er, nounun·be·hold·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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 (1 of 2)


/ (bɪˈhɛld) /


the past tense and past participle of behold

British Dictionary definitions for be-held (2 of 2)


/ (bɪˈhəʊld) /

verb -holds, -holding or -held (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something) archaic, or literary

to look (at); observe

Derived Forms

beholder, noun

Word Origin for behold

Old English bihealdan; related to Old High German bihaltan, Dutch behouden; see be-, hold
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