Behold Definition

beheld, beholding, beholds
beheld, beholding, beholds
To see, look upon, or gaze at.
I beheld a figure in the distance.
American Heritage
To hold in view; look at; see; regard.
Webster's New World
Used in the imperative for the purpose of calling attention.
American Heritage
The definition of behold means to see or perceive.
An example of behold is to look at a dazzling star in the sky.

To see, or to look at.

Look; see.
Webster's New World

Origin of Behold

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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