Definition of behold verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

behold

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊld//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they behold
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊld//
 
he / she / it beholds
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊldz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊldz//
 
past simple beheld
BrE BrE//bɪˈheld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈheld//
 
past participle beheld
BrE BrE//bɪˈheld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈheld//
 
-ing form beholding
BrE BrE//bɪˈhəʊldɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈhoʊldɪŋ//
 
 
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  • behold somebody/something (old use or literary) to look at or see somebody/something Her face was a joy to behold. They beheld a bright star shining in the sky.
  • Word 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.Idioms (humorous) 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 American Dictionary entry: behold