Behold meaning

bĭ-hōld
The definition of behold means to see or perceive.

An example of behold is to look at a dazzling star in the sky.

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To see, look upon, or gaze at.

I beheld a figure in the distance.

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Used in the imperative for the purpose of calling attention.
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To hold in view; look at; see; regard.
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Look; see.
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To see, or to look at.
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Origin of behold

  • Middle English biholden from Old English behaldan be- be- healdan to hold

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English beholden, from Old English behealdan (“to hold, have, occupy, possess, guard, preserve, contain, belong, keep, observe, consider, behold, look at, gaze on, see, signify, avail, effect, take care, beware, be cautious, restrain, act, behave”), from Proto-Germanic *bihaldaną (“to hold with, keep”), equivalent to be- +‎ hold. Cognate with Dutch behouden (“to keep, restrain, preserve”), German behalten (“to keep, restrain, remember”), Danish and Norwegian beholde (“to keep”) and Swedish behålla (“to keep”).

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