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"Behold" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "contemplar", and "gaze" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "mirar fijamente". Learn more about the difference between "behold" and "gaze" below.
behold(
bih
-
hold
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(to observe)
a. contemplar
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
The poor knight was stricken with amorous passion from the moment he beheld the damsel.El pobre caballero se llenó de pasión amorosa desde el primer momento que contempló a la doncella.
b. mirar
Phyllis was simply stunned the first time that she beheld the Alps in person.Phyllis se quedó asombrada la primera vez que miró los Alpes en persona.
2.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(as a command)
a. he aquí
Behold, ladies and gentlemen, the awesome spectacle of... the Boneless Wonder!He aquí, señoras y señores, el impresionante espectáculo de... ¡La Maravilla Deshuesada!
b. mirad
The prophet cried out, "Behold! The sun turns red!"El profeta exclamó: "¡Mirad! ¡El sol se vuelve rojo!"
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gaze(
geyz
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to look at with intention)
a. mirar fijamente
Gaze into the crystal ball and I'll be able to predict your future.Mira fijamente la bola de cristal y podré adivinar tu futuro.
b. mirar
You've been gazing out the window for the past hour. Are you paying attention?Te has pasado toda la hora mirando por la ventana. ¿Estás prestando atención?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (look)
a. la mirada fija
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His intent gaze pierced me like a knife and made me uncomfortable.Su mirada fija e intensa me atravesó como una navaja y me incomodó.
b. la mirada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I've noticed your gaze lingering all night. Are you going to buy me a drink?Llevo notando tu mirada toda la noche. ¿Me vas a invitar a una bebida?
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