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behold

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈhəʊld
 
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Definition of behold in English:

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.
Synonyms
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;
Latinecce

Origin

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.

Derivatives

beholder

1
noun
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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