verb (used with object), be·held, be·hold·ing.
Origin of behold
Synonyms for behold
Examples from the Web for behold
Contemporary Examples of behold
To look at her in tears was to behold the enormity of her loss.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
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
December 21, 2014
They were there to put on a show and deliver a message: behold, we are a technological power with which to be reckoned!Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
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
December 9, 2014
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
October 13, 2014
Historical Examples of behold
And the third time I said, 'Behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings.'
The voice again said, 'Behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings!'
When the sun arose in the morning he did not say "Behold another day."Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Behold me with staff and scrip, footing it merrily in the Land of Pardons.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
If we could not enter the land of Canaan, we could at least behold it from Mount Pisgah.The Roof of France
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].