behold

[ bih-hohld ]
/ bɪˈhoʊld /

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

to observe; look at; see.

interjection

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

Nearby words

  1. behmenism,
  2. behmenist,
  3. behmenite,
  4. behmenites,
  5. behn,
  6. beholden,
  7. beholder,
  8. behoof,
  9. behoove,
  10. behove

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

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British Dictionary definitions for behold

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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Word Origin and History for behold

behold

v.

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].

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