behold /bɪˈhəʊld/


I. verb [with obj.] [often in imperative]

‹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.

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