Definition of behold in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈhəʊld/

verb (past and past participle beheld /bɪˈhɛld/)

[with object, often in imperative] archaic or literary
See or observe (someone or something, especially of remarkable or impressive nature): behold your lord and prince! 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.
look at, see, observe, view, watch, survey, gaze at, gaze upon, stare at, scan, witness, regard, contemplate, inspect, eye;
catch sight of, glimpse, spot, spy, notice, make out, discern, perceive;
take note of, pay attention to, mark, remark, consider, pay heed to
informal clap eyes on, lay eyes on, set eyes on, have/take a gander at, have a squint at, get a load of, check out, gawp at, size up
British informal have/take a dekko at, have/take a butcher's at, have/take a shufti at, clock
North American informal eyeball
literary espy, descry
look, see, lo;
Latin ecce


Old English bihaldan, from bi- 'thoroughly' + haldan 'to hold'. Parallel Germanic words have the sense 'maintain, retain'; the notion of 'looking' is found only in English.

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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