An example of behold is to look at a dazzling star in the sky.
I beheld a figure in the distance.
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”).