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beholden

[ bih-hohl-duhn ]
/ bɪˈhoʊl dən /
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adjective

obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one.

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Origin of beholden

1300–50; Middle English, adj. use of beholden, old past participle of behold

OTHER WORDS FROM beholden

un·be·hold·en, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for beholden

beholden
/ (bɪˈhəʊldən) /

adjective

indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation

Word Origin for beholden

Old English behealden, past participle of behealdan to behold
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