Definition of behold in English:

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Pronunciation: /bəˈhōld/

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;
catch sight of, glimpse, spot, spy, notice
informal clap eyes on, have/take a gander at, get a load of, eyeball
literary espy, descry
look, see
archaic lo


beauty is in the eye of the beholder

see beauty.


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

Words that rhyme with behold

bold, cold, enfold, fold, foretold, gold, hold, mould (US mold), old, outsold, scold, self-controlled, sold, told, uncontrolled, undersold, unpolled, uphold, withhold, wold

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Syllabification: be·hold

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