Definition of behold in English:

behold

verb

literary, archaic
  • with object , often in imperative See or observe (a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one)

    ‘the botanical gardens were a wonder to behold’
    ‘behold your king!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hardly had I seated myself when my eyes beheld a child staring accusingly at me.’
    • ‘Her eyes were loving and strong as they beheld her husband, her warrior, who was to risk his life in battle once more.’
    • ‘Will's face softened with warmth and affection as he beheld his son for the first time.’
    • ‘She smiled as she beheld her friends and her children, all seated at the round table.’
    • ‘The very sight of Loch Lomond ennobles the spirit of all who behold it, even if they're messing it up.’
    • ‘That's how massive it was - easily the biggest fish that I and everyone else who beheld it had ever seen.’
    • ‘He beheld the image for a few moments before concentrating his gaze lower.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They hiked part way up the mountain and beheld a spectacular view.’
    • ‘And for the first hour or so, it was all quite beguiling and an impressive spectacle to behold.’
    • ‘His effect on her was, if anything, more powerful than it had been the first time she beheld him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Chloe beheld a middle-aged man of medium build with a fading brown beard fringing his face.’
    • ‘It was there, in those ancient precincts, that I beheld a blinding light descending upon me.’
    • ‘It was a grand sight to behold him in his dressing-gown composing a menu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I actually still remember the exact table we were sitting at when we first opened it and beheld the wonders inside.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make sure the audience beholds you, not your gown.’
    look at, see, observe, view, watch, survey, gaze at, gaze upon, stare at, scan, witness, regard, contemplate, inspect, eye
    look, see, lo
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Phrases

  • beauty is in the eye of the beholder

    • proverb Beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.

      • ‘I do understand their appeal and, after all is said and done, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘It is an art, certainly, and its beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the significance and importance of an exhibition is in the eye of the art critic.’
      • ‘Plus, we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that art has no boundaries.’
      • ‘A lot of people who know nothing about art say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘Of course, if asked, these guys might say, as any good American individualist would, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘I've opened with orchids and pansies but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
      • ‘There is an old saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but on a new matchmaking web site that officially launched today, the beholders also hold the keys to the kingdom.’
      • ‘As for the beautiful color of the giraffe indicating design and not natural selection, I would simply point out that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

behold

/bəˈhoʊld//bəˈhōld/