from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To perceive by the visual faculty; see: beheld a tiny figure in the distance.
- transitive v. To perceive through use of the mental faculty; comprehend: "Behold the man of the future” ( Jerry Adler).
- transitive v. To look upon; gaze at: We beheld a beautiful vista before us. See Synonyms at see1.
- intransitive v. Used in the imperative for the purpose of calling attention.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To see, or to look at.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To have in sight; to see clearly; to look at; to regard with the eyes.
- intransitive v. To direct the eyes to, or fix them upon, an object; to look; to see.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hold by; keep; retain.
- To hold; keep; observe (a command).
- To hold in view; fix the eyes upon; look at; see with attention; observe with care.
- Synonyms Observe, Witness, etc. (see see); look upon, consider, eye, view, survey, contemplate, regard.
- To look; direct the eyes to an object; view; see: in a physical sense.
- 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.
- To feel obliged or bound.
- In astrology, to cast (an aspect).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. see with attention
Middle English biholden, from Old English behaldan : be-, be- + healdan, to hold; see hold1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English beholden, from Old English behealdan ("to hold, have, occupy, possess, guard, preserve, contain, belong, keep, observe, consider, behold, look at, gaze on, see, signify, avail, effect, take care, beware, be cautious, restrain, act, behave"), from Proto-Germanic *bihaldanan (“to hold with, keep”), equivalent to be- + hold. Cognate with Dutch behouden ("to keep, restrain, preserve"), German behalten ("to keep, restrain, remember"), Danish and Norwegian beholde ("to keep") and Swedish behålla ("to keep"). (Wiktionary)