v. be·held (-hĕld), be·hold·ing, be·holds
To see, look upon, or gaze at: I beheld a figure in the distance. See Synonyms at see1.
Used in the imperative for the purpose of calling attention.
[Middle English biholden, from Old English behaldan : be-, be- + healdan, to hold.]
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