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Language: Old English
Origin: behealdan 'to keep, behold'

behold

verb
     
be‧hold [transitive] past tense and past participle beheld literary
to see or to look at something - sometimes used humorously
be a sight/joy/pleasure etc to behold
The beauty of the garden was a pleasure to behold.
beholder noun [countable]

➔ lo and behold

at lo (2)

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