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

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Origin and Etymology of behold

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



BEHOLD Defined for English Language Learners

behold

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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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