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beholden Syllabification: be·hold·en
Pronunciation: /bəˈhōld(ə)n/

Definition of beholden in English:


Owing thanks or having a duty to someone in return for help or a service: I don’t like to be beholden to anybody
More example sentences
  • They are keeping the poorer nations exactly where they want them: beholden to their patrons.
  • Equipment vendors are often beholden to investors that expect a return on investment.
  • They're going to be beholden to folks who are paying for their travel.
indebted, in someone's debt, obligated, under an obligation;
grateful, owing a debt of gratitude


Late Middle English: former past participle of behold, in the otherwise unrecorded sense 'bound'.

Words that rhyme with beholden

embolden, golden, olden
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