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to observe; look at; see.
look; see:
And, behold, three sentries of the King did appear.
Contemporary Examples

A consumer society without taste is a horrible thing to behold.
Britain is in No Position to Rule the Waves Noah Kristula-Green March 7, 2012

He wore a sparkly jacket that was terrifying to behold, but was alas not festooned with electric lights.
10 Craziest David Hasselhoff Moments Shannon Donnelly, The Daily Beast Video August 14, 2010

behold Kick-Ass, the film that wowed a small group of hard-core film geeks—and includes Nicolas Cage’s funniest role in years.
Spring’s Buzziest Movie Bryan Curtis March 13, 2010

Lo and behold, some of them are even kind, intelligent, interesting, and fun to hang out with.
The Struggle To Find Trans Love Julia Serano January 13, 2014

Lo and behold, the past year has revealed that the Emperor has no clothes—and many of his devout followers are naked, too!
Money Rules in the New D.C. Jane Hitchcock April 7, 2009

Historical Examples

He had come expecting to demand, and to carry away; and behold!
God Wills It! William Stearns Davis

The voice again said, ‘behold the winged separates from that which hath no wings!’
Philothea Lydia Maria Child

Here, then, the reader may behold us for the first time in our character of settlers.
The Bushman Edward Wilson Landor

If we could not enter the land of Canaan, we could at least behold it from Mount Pisgah.
The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards

But she was too late; down came the axe, off went the head; and lo, and behold!
The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson

verb (often used in the imperative to draw attention to something, archaic or literary) -holds, -holding, -held
to look (at); observe

Old English bihaldan (West Saxon behealdan) “give regard to, hold in view,” also “to keep hold of, to belong to,” from be- + haldan, healdan (see hold). Related: Beheld; beholding. A common West Germanic compound, cf. Old Saxon bihaldan “hold, keep,” Old Frisian bihalda, Old High German bihaltan, German behalten, but “[t]he application to watching, looking, is confined to English” [OED].


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