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Definition of "behold" []

  • 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)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "behold" in a sentence
  • ""Until we reach Melzarr," he had said with passion to the two gentlemen, -- "until I can stand before my Master and behold him embrace his son -- _behold_ him -- I implore that I may not lose sight of him night or day."
  • "He accepts it and, lo and behold, is still an ID proponent."
  • "For this purpose I will preserve my life: to execute this dear revenge, will I again behold the sun, and tread the green herbage of earth, which otherwise should vanish from my eyes for ever."