I. verb — [with obj.] [often in imperative] 1.
‹literary› see or observe (someone or something, especially of remarkable or impressive nature)
• behold your lord and prince!
• the botanical gardens were a wonder to behold.
– 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.