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Definition of behold verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



behold somebody/something (old use or )Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they behold
he / she / it beholds
past simple beheld
-ing form beholding
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  • (literary) to look at or see someone or something Her face was a joy to behold. They beheld a bright star shining in the sky.
  • Idioms
    lo and behold (humorous)
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    used for calling attention to a surprising or annoying thing As soon as we went out, lo and behold, it began to rain.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: behold