verb (used with object), be·held, be·hold·ing.
Origin of behold
Examples from the Web for behold
To look at her in tears was to behold the enormity of her loss.
A Gaylard Williams Sunday sermon (which lasted for 45 minutes on average) was something to behold.Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were there to put on a show and deliver a message: behold, we are a technological power with which to be reckoned!
Even by the already money-drenched standards of American politics, the Eldridge campaign was a jaw-dropping spectacle to behold.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And lo and behold, she was determined to sink the mining industry, and we were determined to fight for our community.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See|Marlow Stern|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our trusty friend and vis-à-vis turns his head, and we behold ourselves reflected in the opposite mirror.
Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible|R. Heber Newton
Behold him sitting on the side of the bed, trying to dress himself—trying to do it.The Channings|Mrs. Henry Wood
Induce her to do this, and to behold the wonders of the strangest country in the universe.Tales Of The Trains|Charles James Lever
Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments.
verb -holds, -holding or -held (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something) archaic, or literary
Word Origin for 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].