Definition of behold in English:

behold

Syllabification: be·hold
Pronunciation: /biˈhōld
 
/

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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

Phrases

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

see beauty.

Derivatives

beholder

noun
More 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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