obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one.
- un·be·hold·en, adjective
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How to use beholden in a sentence
The delivery space is definitely beholden to the same regulations that are very prevalent in the alcohol beverage industry.‘Order booze from your phone’: Why brands like Guinness, Babe Wine see advertising value on Drizly | Kimeko McCoy | February 11, 2021 | Digiday
You’re beholden to wherever someone says you can go and how you can go and et cetera.Smart TVs have become the new front in the connected TV platform battle | Tim Peterson | February 8, 2021 | Digiday
While investors in global portfolios of shares are looking at returns over many years, governments are restricted to elected terms of office and beholden to electorates.The Public Trusts Businesses Over Government to Solve Our Problems. But We Need Both to Try | Colin Mayer | February 3, 2021 | Time
The Capitol Police, in particular, were shielded from the scrutiny of public information laws thanks to its special status as beholden to Congress rather than to the larger public.
Governments are beholden to the public, not the bottom line.Five ways to make AI a greater force for good in 2021 | Karen Hao | January 8, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Accusing his opponents of being locked in a Cold War mind-set, it is Stone who is beholden to old orthodoxies.
Huckabee is also not burdened by, or beholden to, foreign investors.
As a company that is beholden to stockholders, Kate Spade usually lags, not leads trends.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink | Elizabeth Landers | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Its members would not be beholden to any special interest groups, at all, for their selection.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives? | Michael Schulson | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
beholden to a base that, like a capricious autocrat, will turn against them at the slightest provocation.
We are not beholden to, thee for anything, for thy debt is paid to thee to the full; which methinks were very bold words.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
Maybe that was why—though he may not have admitted it to himself—he could not bear to be beholden to her when his ruin came.You Never Know Your Luck, Complete | Gilbert Parker
These confederates of his had one thing in common, however; all of them were beholden to Raymond Latour.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
Because,” said I, “it is not proper that I be beholden to you for meat and drink.Lavengro | George Borrow
We and the Surgeons are more beholden to Women than all the Professions besides.The Beggar's Opera | John Gay
British Dictionary definitions for beholden
indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation
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