- To perceive by the visual faculty; see: beheld a tiny figure in the distance. (verb-transitive)
- To perceive through use of the mental faculty; comprehend: "Behold the man of the future” ( Jerry Adler). (verb-transitive)
- To look upon; gaze at: We beheld a beautiful vista before us. See Synonyms at see1. (verb-transitive)
- Used in the imperative for the purpose of calling attention. (verb-intransitive)
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