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"Behold" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "contemplar", and "look at" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "mirar". Learn more about the difference between "behold" and "look at" 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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look at(
look
 
aht
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to observe)
a. mirar
Look at the moon. It's so beautiful tonight.Mira la luna. Es tan hermosa esta noche.
2. (to consider)
a. considerar
We plan to look at three options before making a decision.Planeamos considerar tres opciones antes de tomar una decisión.
b. estudiar
You'll need to look at the problem from different points of view in order to come up with the best solution.Tendrás que estudiar el problema desde diferentes puntos de vista con el fin de llegar a la mejor solución.
c. enfocar
Did you do well in the contest? - That depends on how you look at it.¿Tuviste éxito en el concurso? - Eso depende de cómo lo enfocas.
d. mirar
You should look at the problem from her point of view.Deberías mirar el problema desde su perspectiva.
3. (to check)
a. examinar
The nurse went to look at Dr. Sergio's patient.La enfermera fue a revisar el paciente del Dr. Sergio.
b. revisar
My mechanic looked at my car, but couldn't find anything wrong with it.Mi mecánico revisó el coche, pero no pudo encontrar nada malo.
4. (to contemplate)
a. calcular
How much does it cost to study here? - You're looking at close to $10,000 pesos per month on average.¿Cuánto cuesta estudiar aquí? - Calculo que será cerca de $10,000 pesos por mes en promedio.
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