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Monday, October 11, 1999

Definitions for beholden

  1. Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.

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Citations for beholden
Kate was quite fond of him and knew he was grateful to her for all the help and hospitality she and Oliver had given him during his period of gloom and puzzlement after his wife's defection, but she did not want him to feel beholden to her. Mary Sheepshanks, Picking Up the Pieces
The likely new government, which draws only a negligible level of support from rural areas, will be much less beholden to the farming interests than any government in the past two decades. , Irish Times
Origin of beholden
Beholden is derived from Old English behealden, "to hold firmly," from be-, intensive prefix + healden, "to hold."
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