[ bih-hohld ]
See synonyms for: beholdbeheldbeholdingbeholds on

verb (used with object),be·held, be·hold·ing.
  1. to observe; look at; see.

  1. look; see: And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear.

Origin of behold

First recorded before 900; Middle English beholden, Old English behaldan “to keep”; see be-, hold1

Other words for behold

Other words from behold

  • be·hold·a·ble, adjective
  • be·hold·er, noun
  • un·be·hold·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for behold


/ (bɪˈhəʊld) /

verb-holds, -holding or -held (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something) archaic, or literary
  1. to look (at); observe

Origin of behold

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

Derived forms of behold

  • beholder, noun

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