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behold (bɪˈhəʊld Pronunciation for behold



-holds, -holding, -held (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something, archaic (or literary)
  1. to look (at); observe

Derived Forms

beˈholder noun

Word Origin

Old English bihealdan; related to Old High German bihaltan, Dutch behouden; see be-, hold


View thesaurus entry
= look at, see, view, eye, consider, study, watch, check, regard, survey, witness, clock, examine, observe, perceive, gaze, scan, contemplate, check out, inspect, discern, eyeball, scrutinize, recce, get a load of, take a gander at, take a dekko at, feast your eyes upon

Translations for 'behold'

  • British English: behold If you behold someone or something, you see them. VERBShe looked into his eyes and beheld madness.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: contemplar
  • Chinese: 看见看见見
  • European Spanish: contemplar
  • French: voir
  • German: erblicken
  • Italian: vedere
  • Japanese: 見る
  • Korean: 보다
  • Portuguese: contemplar
  • Spanish: contemplar

Example Sentences Including 'behold'

For many long years I had pondered what I might do, should the Great Ring come into my hands, and behold !
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
I decide, for example, to raise my arm and -- lo and behold -- my arm goes up.
Evans, Peter & Deehan, Geoff The Descent of Mind - the how and why of intelligence
Oh ho, the glavering, the glavering - try to behold yourself without glavering.
Zindell, David The Broken God
The chemistry between her and America's career diplomats will be fascinating to behold.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
The entrance to the casualty area was something dismal to behold.
SA Star (2005)
The voice of South African musician Vusi Mahlasela is a marvel to behold.
The Australian (2005)
The winter camps of the sheepherders were a sight to behold , he said.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
The witch hazels are also lovely to behold at the moment, scenting the whole garden.
Country Life (2005)


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