[ bih-held ]
/ bɪˈhɛld /


simple past tense and past participle of behold.

Nearby words

  1. behavioural contagion,
  2. behavioural science,
  3. behavioural sink,
  4. behaviourism,
  5. behead,
  6. behemoth,
  7. behenic,
  8. behenic acid,
  9. behest,
  10. behind

Related formsun·be·held, adjective


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

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British Dictionary definitions for beheld


/ (bɪˈhɛld) /


the past tense and past participle of behold


/ (bɪˈhəʊld) /

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

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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