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behold

[bih-hohld]
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verb (used with object), be·held, be·hold·ing.
  1. to observe; look at; see.
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interjection
  1. 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
Related formsbe·hold·a·ble, adjectivebe·hold·er, nounun·be·hold·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms

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1. regard, gaze upon, view; watch; discern.
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  • The Eastern end of the Cathedral does not impress the beholder.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • He is a beholder of ideas and an utterer of the necessary and causal.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The metamorphosis excites in the beholder an emotion of joy.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Any beholder would imagine that she was alive, and not dead.

  • It gave him a roguish—almost boyish—effect most appealing to the beholder.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber


British Dictionary definitions for beholder

behold

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

Word Origin

Old English bihealdan; related to Old High German bihaltan, Dutch behouden; see be-, hold
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Word Origin and History for beholder

n.

late 14c., agent noun from behold.

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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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