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[bih-hohld] /bɪˈhoʊld/
verb (used with object), beheld, beholding.
to observe; look at; see.
look; see:
And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear.
Origin of behold
before 900; Middle English beholden, Old English behaldan to keep. See be-, hold1
Related forms
beholdable, adjective
beholder, noun
unbeholdable, adjective
1. regard, gaze upon, view; watch; discern. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beholding
  • Nothing more needs to be said, when beholding the beauty of a rose.
  • What moves is the point of view of the observer who slides along beholding different slices of the milieu.
  • Corporations care only for the price of their stocks and are only beholding to shareholders.
  • In many borderline cases involving financial fraud, the crime ultimately lies in the eye of a beholding jury or judge.
  • In ice dance, the beauty of top teams is in beholding, not judging.
  • So the shock of beholding the buffaloes slaughtered establishes a climate for the rest of the film.
  • beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
  • It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul.
  • For example, a tenant who holds over after the expiration of a lease would be deemed to beholding an estate at sufferance.
  • In a way, he is beholding to leafy spurge for bringing him in contact with such a diverse group of colleagues.
British Dictionary definitions for beholding


verb (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something, archaic or literary) -holds, -holding, -held
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 beholding



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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