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[bih-hohld] /bɪˈhoʊld/
verb (used with object), beheld, beholding.
1.
to observe; look at; see.
interjection
2.
look; see:
And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English beholden, Old English behaldan to keep. See be-, hold1
Related forms
beholdable, adjective
beholder, noun
unbeholdable, adjective
Synonyms
1. regard, gaze upon, view; watch; discern.
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British Dictionary definitions for behold

behold

/bɪˈhəʊld/
verb (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something, archaic or literary) -holds, -holding, -held
1.
to look (at); observe
Derived Forms
beholder, noun
Word Origin
Old English bihealdan; related to Old High German bihaltan, Dutch behouden; see be-, hold
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Word Origin and History for behold
v.

Old English bihaldan (West Saxon behealdan) "give regard to, hold in view," also "to keep hold of, to belong to," from be- + haldan, healdan (see hold). Related: Beheld; beholding. A common West Germanic compound, cf. Old Saxon bihaldan "hold, keep," Old Frisian bihalda, Old High German bihaltan, German behalten, but "[t]he application to watching, looking, is confined to English" [OED].

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