- The definition of behold means to see or perceive.
An example of behold is to look at a dazzling star in the sky.
A child beholds a brilliant star.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English biholden ; from Old English bihealdan, to hold, keep hold of: see be- and amp; hold
- beholder noun
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verb be·held , be·hold·ing, be·holds verb, transitive
- a. To perceive by the visual faculty; see: beheld a tiny figure in the distance.b. To perceive through use of the mental faculty; comprehend: “Behold the man of the future” (Jerry Adler).
- To look upon; gaze at: We beheld a beautiful vista before us. See Synonyms at see1.
Origin: Middle English biholden, from Old English behaldan : be-, be- + healdan, to hold; see hold1.
- be·holdˈer noun