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with object, often in imperative 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’
look at, see, observe, view, watch, survey, gaze at, gaze upon, stare at, scan, witness, regard, contemplate, inspect, eyelook, see, loView synonyms
- ‘She smiled as she beheld her friends and her children, all seated at the round table.’
- ‘At dawn this morning, I looked out the window into the snowy mist and there with my very own eyes beheld the culprit at last.’
- ‘The very sight of Loch Lomond ennobles the spirit of all who behold it, even if they're messing it up.’
- ‘Hardly had I seated myself when my eyes beheld a child staring accusingly at me.’
- ‘Will's face softened with warmth and affection as he beheld his son for the first time.’
- ‘He beheld the image for a few moments before concentrating his gaze lower.’
- ‘That's how massive it was - easily the biggest fish that I and everyone else who beheld it had ever seen.’
- ‘We were laughing with each other a little when we entered, but then our eyes looked up and we saw what beheld us in the living room.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was a grand sight to behold him in his dressing-gown composing a menu.’
- ‘It was there, in those ancient precincts, that I beheld a blinding light descending upon me.’
- ‘And for the first hour or so, it was all quite beguiling and an impressive spectacle to behold.’
- ‘They hiked part way up the mountain and beheld a spectacular view.’
- ‘Make sure the audience beholds you, not your gown.’
- ‘Chloe beheld a middle-aged man of medium build with a fading brown beard fringing his face.’
- ‘In the frosty air they beheld smoke arising from a spot in the centre of the bog at Ratheskin, and towards it they proceeded with caution.’
- ‘His effect on her was, if anything, more powerful than it had been the first time she beheld him.’
- ‘I actually still remember the exact table we were sitting at when we first opened it and beheld the wonders inside.’
- ‘Behold how most fair is Mary to the one who beholds her, and how loveable these things of hers to the ones who are capable of discerning.’
- ‘Her eyes were loving and strong as they beheld her husband, her warrior, who was to risk his life in battle once more.’
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.
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