verb (used with object), be·held, be·hold·ing.
Origin of behold
Synonyms for behold
Related Words for beheldspy, consider, scan, catch, see, witness, discern, eye, flash, note, notice, spot, regard, watch, perceive, contemplate, observe, descry, distinguish, earmark
Examples from the Web for beheld
Contemporary Examples of beheld
Thirty years later, Miller beheld her in another proceeding and asked the board not to parole her.The First Modern School Shooter Feels Responsible for the Rest
May 30, 2014
Upon their arrival in Rockaway on Friday, the sisters were stunned by the destruction they beheld.Sandy’s Rockaway Victims Pause to Vote, Press On With Recovery Efforts
November 7, 2012
Historical Examples of beheld
Again I beheld Mr Clayton immersed in the doings of the place.
The bitterest hour that I have known, was that in which you fell, and I beheld your fall.
That I am not now; nor have I been from the moment I beheld this angel of a woman.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Now Vavasor was in reality not a little disgusted at what he beheld.Weighed and Wanting
She can be the most dignified young woman on occasion that I ever beheld.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
verb -holds, -holding or -held (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something) archaic, or literary
Word Origin for behold
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].