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.

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Origin of behold

before 900; Middle English beholden, Old English behaldan to keep. See be-, hold1

OTHER WORDS FROM behold

be·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 forms of behold

beholder, noun

Word Origin for behold

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