behold

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English beholden, from Old English behealdan ‎(to hold, have, occupy, possess, guard, preserve, contain, belong, keep, observe, consider, behold, look at, gaze on, see, signify, avail, effect, take care, beware, be cautious, restrain, act, behave), from Proto-Germanic *bihaldaną ‎(to hold with, keep), equivalent to be- +‎ hold. Cognate with Dutch behouden ‎(to keep, restrain, preserve), German behalten ‎(to keep, restrain, remember), Danish and Norwegian beholde ‎(to keep) and Swedish behålla ‎(to keep).

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behold ‎(third-person singular simple present beholds, present participle beholding, simple past beheld, past participle beheld or (rare) beholden)

  1. (transitive) To see, or to look at.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
      The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again; [] . Now she had come to look upon the matter in its true proportions, and her anticipation of a possible chance of teaching him a lesson was a pleasure to behold.

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Rarely used in informal speech. The past participle beholden now has a meaning detached from the other forms of the word.

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Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /behɔl/, [b̥eˈhʌlˀ]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Low German beholt, behalt.

Noun[edit]

behold

  1. (archaic) haven, refuge
    i beholdsafe, intact, left (remaining)
    i god beholdsafe, safely, safe and sound, safe and well
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Etymology 2[edit]

See beholde ‎(to keep)

Verb[edit]

behold

  1. imperative of beholde

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Verb[edit]

behold

  1. imperative of beholde