behold

Definitions

  • "Behold a vista!"
    "Behold a vista!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v behold see with attention "behold Christ!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Behold a Sower went Forth to Sow Behold a Sower went Forth to Sow
"Behold, this dreamer cometh!" "Behold, this dreamer cometh!"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Author Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who sometimes wrote under the name "The Duchess," observed in her novel "Molly Bawn" that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." The phrase has passed into the English language.
    • v. i Behold To direct the eyes to, or fix them upon, an object; to look; to see. "And I beheld , and, lo, in the midst of the throne, . . . a lamb as it had been slain."
    • v. t Behold To have in sight; to see clearly; to look at; to regard with the eyes. "When he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.""Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • behold To hold by; keep; retain.
    • behold To hold; keep; observe (a command).
    • behold To hold in view; fix the eyes upon; look at; see with attention; observe with care.
    • behold Synonyms Observe, Witness, etc. (see see); look upon, consider, eye, view, survey, contemplate, regard.
    • behold To look; direct the eyes to an object; view; see: in a physical sense.
    • behold To fix the attention upon an object; attend; direct or fix the mind: in this sense used chiefly in the imperative, being frequently little more than an exclamation calling attention, or expressive of wonder, admiration, and the like.
    • behold To feel obliged or bound.
    • behold In astrology, to cast (an aspect).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Behold be-hōld′ to look upon: to contemplate
    • v.i Behold to look: to fix the attention:—pa.t. and pa.p. beheld′
    • imper., interj Behold see! lo! observe!—adj. Behold′en, bound in gratitude: obliged (with to)
    • n Behold (Shak.) sight, contemplation
    • imper Behold or interj. see! lo! observe!—adj. Behold′en, bound in gratitude: obliged (with to)
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Quotations

  • Helen Keller
    Helen%20Keller
    “My darkness has been filled with the light of intelligence, and behold, the outer day-lit world was stumbling and groping in social blindness.”
  • Alexander Pope
    Alexander%20Pope
    “Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
  • Raymond Hull
    Raymond Hull
    “Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death. [New Testament]”

Idioms

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder means that different people will find different things beautiful and that the differences of opinion don't matter greatly.
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Lo and behold - This phrase is used to express surprise.
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Sight to behold - If something is a sight to behold, it means that seeing it is in some way special, either spectacularly beautiful or, equally, incredibly ugly or revolting, etc.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bihalden, biholden, AS. behealdan, to hold, have in sight; pref. be-, + healdan, to hold, keep; akin to G. behalten, to hold, keep. See Hold

Usage

In literature:

Great was his astonishment and alarm on beholding the husband of the lady whom he had come to debauch.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Lift up your eyes, behold the harvest!
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Oh, if I can once behold her, can but once kiss her hand, then would I be willing to lose even my life if 'twere needful.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
Man beholds his fellows as one beholds a volume written in a foreign language; the outer binding is seen, the inner contents are unread.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
Behold, thou know'st my fall!
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
Princess, behold the spoils I bring thee.
"The Indian Princess" by James Nelson Barker
Behold yon isles, where first the flag unfurled Waved peaceful triumph o'er the new-found world.
"Christopher Columbus and His Monument Columbia" by Various
With what wonderment we shall then behold Him.
"The Lord of Glory" by Arno Gaebelein
Behold the power which wields and cherishes The frame of Nature.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
She never raises her voice like the town-crier, as the robin does, perched in the mean time where all eyes may behold him.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
Jesus, unique son of God, behold thy child.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
"His Last Week" by William E. Barton
Ezekiel beholds the Lord seated on a throne high and lifted up.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
We here behold a case of real talent obscured by want of literary polish, and hope that F. A.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The man leaped upon it like a beast, and with hands that trembled in a manner painful to behold, tore it open and unfolded the letter.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mine eyes will ne'er behold you more.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
I am no more destined to behold them.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And now, when I behold you, I look upon his ideal.
"On the Heights" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

Behold this living stone
I rear for me,
Ne'er to be thrown
Down, envious Time, by thee.
"His Poetry His Pillar" by Robert Herrick
Yet, behold now thy sons
With impetuous breath
Go forth to the fight
Seeking Freedom or Death.
"The Greek National Anthem" by Rudyard Kipling
In other garments everywhere,
Behold, the prophetess,
Clairaudient interpreter,
Clairvoyant Pythoness!
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
I behold you stand
For a second enspasmed in oblivion,
Obscenely ecstasied
Sucking live blood
My blood.
"The Mosquito" by D H Lawrence
Gone down,--no more may mortal eye
Its face behold!
Gone down,--yet leaving on the sky
A tinge of gold!
"Henry Clay" by Effie Afton
"I hew the raw, rough granite
To loveliness of line,
And when my work is finished,
Behold, it is divine!
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman

In news:

Fear — It's in the heart of the beholder .
Eye of the beholder .
Educational reform is in eye of beholder .
For autos, 'quality' is in the eye of the beholder .
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder Understanding How Secondary Sexual Traits Contribute to Evolution.
Ugly vase is example of beauty in the eye of the beholder .
Behold, the First Video-Game About the Millennials.
Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr is a lovely sight to behold, from her fashionable fedora to her stylish boots , on 42nd Street yesterday.
Behold the Curly Musgrave Stage.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there are some professional decorating tips that everyone can use.
Behold, the cardboard fire place.
Mariner of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International's (RCI) newest cruise vessel in the making, will be a sight to behold when it first begins traversing the eastern and western Caribbean from Port Canaveral this October.
Behold "The Crack Burger" - burgers packed full of cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch flavor.
Behold, the Maybelline Baby Lips obsession.
Black Bear Casino near Duluth cooked up the crazy idea to make the world's largest cheeseburger and lo and behold, on Sunday, they did it.
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In science:

What is the best model of inflation? Whether or not a model is natural, compelling or beautiful is often in the eye of the beholder, but ultimately consistency with observations is the deciding factor.
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum
Randomness is a matter of degree, and lies in the eyes of the beholder.
A Pseudo Random Number Generator from Chaos
It has been noted that clustering is ultimately in the eye of the beholder .
Document Clustering Evaluation: Divergence from a Random Baseline
Plausibility is, however, in the eye of the beholder.
Rooted staggered fermions: good, bad or ugly?
Fulling, S. (1990), ‘When is stability in the eye of the beholder? Comments on a singular initial value problem for a nonlinear differential equation arising in semiclassical cosmology’, Phys.
Canonical Quantum Gravity and the Problem of Time
Now Dimension is in the eye of the beholder.
Polydimensional Relativity, a Classical Generalization of the Automorphism Invariance Principle
Lo and behold, during the last few months things have changed dramatically.
Theoretical Summary
The clear moral of the story is that “geometry is in the eye of the (low energy) beholder”, and must actually be a low energy approximation to some other concept, which we do not as yet understand.
M Theory and Cosmology
What “lies in the mind of the beholder” is the CCP and the concept of space it entails.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
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