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Princeton's WordNet

  1. behold, lay eyes onverb

    see with attention

    "behold Christ!"


  1. beholdverb

    To see, or to look at.

  2. Etymology: From beholden, from behealdan, from bihaldanan, equivalent to. Cognate with behouden, behalten, and beholde.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beholdinterject.

    See; lo: a word by which attention is excited, or admiration noted.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Behold! I am with thee, and will keep thee. Gen. xxviii. 15.

    When out of hope, behold her! not far off,
    Such as I saw her in my dream, adorn’d
    With what all earth or heaven could bestow,
    To make her amiable. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii. l. 481.

  2. To BEHOLDverb

    pret. I beheld, I have beheld, or beholden. To view; to see; to look upon.

    Etymology: behealdan , Saxon.

    Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears. Ezek. xl. 4.

    When some young Thessalians, on horseback, were beheld afar off, while their horses watered, while their heads were depressed, they were conceived by the spectators to be one animal. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. i. c. 4.

    Man looks aloft, and, with erected eyes,
    Beholds his own hereditary skies. Dryden.

    At this, the former tale again he told,
    With thund’ring tone, and dreadful to behold. John Dryden, Fab.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Beholdverb

    to have in sight; to see clearly; to look at; to regard with the eyes

  2. Beholdverb

    to direct the eyes to, or fix them upon, an object; to look; to see


  1. Behold

    Behold is a brand of furniture polish produced by Nakoma Products, LLC. Behold furniture polish and Endust dusting aid were previously produced by Sara Lee. When Drackett was sold to S. C. Johnson & Son in 1992, these two products, Endust and Behold, were sold to Sara Lee. In 2010 the product lines Endust and Behold were sold to Nakoma Products LLC. Located in Coal City, Illinois. The company introduced a new glass cleaner and oven/grill cleaner under the Behold brand name in 2012. S. C. Johnson produces Pledge, a similar product to Behold. William R. Johnson, now president of H.J. Heinz, was assistant brand manager for Behold at Drackett, 1974-1977. The National Institutes of Health household products database lists Behold as containing propane and butane and naphtha. Propane and isobutane blends are used as propellants for household cleaners. Aerosol furniture polishes apply a thin layer of silicone oils, rather than the thicker, more durable layer of solid waxes. Fine furniture craftsmen warn that the silicone oils can penetrate through tiny cracks in the finish and make eventual refinishing very difficult.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Behold

    be-hōld′, v.t. to look upon: to contemplate.—v.i. to look: to fix the attention:—pa.t. and pa.p. beheld′.—imper. or interj. see! lo! observe!—adj. Behold′en, bound in gratitude: obliged (with to).—n. Behold′er, one who beholds: an onlooker.—adj. Behold′ing (Shak.), beholden.—n. (Shak.) sight, contemplation. [A.S. behealdan, to hold, observe—pfx. be-, and healdan, to hold.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of behold in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of behold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of behold in a Sentence

  1. Dick Durbin:

    There are two issues that came up repeatedly yesterday from the other side of the aisle that I want to address at the outset. One of them was a question of judicial philosophy, lo and behold, I've discovered the answer. It turns out that during the course of your time as a judge, you have… written opinions – 573, to be exact. I think maybe I'm off, what, one or two? And they more or less express your view of the law.

  2. Sipho P Nkosi:

    What we stationed in our minds, our eyes behold.

  3. Donald Trump:

    You're going to have these things happen and it's a horrible thing to behold, horrible.

  4. Aeschylus:

    The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life Overcome fear, behold wonder.

  5. Saint Francis de Sales:

    Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit for without being seen, they are present with you.

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  • Arthur Covington
    Arthur Covington
    St. John 19:25-27 used this word in 2 forms. #1. Jesus said to his mother. behold = to see or "look at" her son. #2. To his disciple John. behold to "look after" His mother.
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fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
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