What does behold mean?

behold meaning in General Dictionary

To direct the eyes to or fix all of them upon an object to look to see

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  • to possess coming soon to see obviously to consider to regard with the eyes
  • see with attention
  • to own around the corner; to see plainly; to check out; to consider with all the eyes.
  • To direct the eyes to, or fix all of them upon, an object; to appearance; to see.

behold meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English bihaldan (western Saxon behealdan) "give reference to, hold in view," in addition "maintain hold of, to belong to," from be- + haldan, healdan (see hold). Related: Beheld; beholding. A standard western Germanic compound, compare Old Saxon bihaldan "hold, hold," Old Frisian bihalda, Old High German bihaltan, German behalten, but "[t]he application to observing, looking, is restricted to English" [OED].


behold meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To have around the corner; to see plainly; to look at; to consider with the eyes.

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  • (v. i.) To direct the eyes to, or fix all of them upon, an object; to appear; to see.

Sentence Examples with the word behold

It was thus with the Pequod's; at almost every shock the helmsman had not failed to notice the whirling velocity with which they revolved upon the cards; it is a sight that hardly anyone can behold without some sort of unwonted emotion.

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