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Syllabification: be·hold
Pronunciation: /bəˈhōld

Definition of behold in English:

verb (past and past participle beheld /-ˈheld/)

[with object often in imperative] archaic or literary
See or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one): behold your king! the botanical gardens were a wonder to behold
More example sentences
  • Hardly had I seated myself when my eyes beheld a child staring accusingly at me.
  • As such the film evokes the pleasure of beholding an actor perform a part with nothing forced in it, one that Michael Caine dons like a favorite suit.
  • Make sure the audience beholds you, not your gown.
see, observe, view, look at, watch, survey, witness, gaze at/upon, regard, contemplate, inspect, eye;
informal clap eyes on, have/take a gander at, get a load of, eyeball
literary espy, descry
look, see
archaic lo


Old English bihaldan, from bi- 'thoroughly' + haldan 'to hold'.


beauty is in the eye of the beholder

see beauty.



Example sentences
  • The meaning will vary accordingly to the beholders' perceptions.
  • Outside the museum the winds whipped the trees and raised clouds of dirt while inside 163 remarkably identical canvases did what they were painted to do, stirred an emotion in the heart of the beholders.
  • If you overdo the design it will touch the beholder's consciousness.

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