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beholden

[bih-hohl-duh n]
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adjective
  1. 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
Related formsun·be·hold·en, adjective

Synonyms

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obliged, bound, grateful, liable.
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Examples from the Web for beholden

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  • Then, sinking before him in a deep courtesy, "I am beholden to you," she said.

  • You may be assured, that I will sooner be beholden to you, than to any body living.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Twice have I been beholden to you for my life, and now I am in your debt.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • He thought he was a strong man again, with his children about him, and beholden to no one.

  • "There's not a man of you who is not beholden to Parson Christian," said Hugh, sternly.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for beholden

beholden

adjective
  1. indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation
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Word Origin

Old English behealden, past participle of behealdan to behold
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Word Origin and History for beholden

adj.

"under obligation," mid-14c., originally past participle of behold (and preserving the original past participle of hold), but a sense directly related to this usage is not recorded among the many and varied meanings attested for behold.

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