behold

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verb be·hold \bi-ˈhōld, bē-\

Definition of behold

beheld

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beholding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to perceive through sight or apprehension :  see

  3. 2 :  to gaze upon :  observe It was a pleasure to behold the beauty of the sunset. The enormous crowd was a sight to behold.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. —used in the imperative especially to call attention

beholder

noun

Examples of behold in a sentence

  1. Those who have beheld the beauty of the desert never forget it.

  2. to anyone who beholds the immense complexity of life on earth

Origin and Etymology of behold

Middle English, to keep, behold, from Old English behealdan, from be- + healdan to hold


First Known Use: before 12th century



BEHOLD Defined for English Language Learners

behold

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verb be·hold \bi-ˈhōld, bē-\

Definition of behold for English Language Learners

  • : to look at (something) : to see (something)


BEHOLD Defined for Kids

behold

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verb be·hold \bi-ˈhōld\

Definition of behold for Students

beheld

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beholding

  1. :  to look upon :  see There I beheld a wondrous sight.

beholder

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