- Owing thanks or having a duty to someone in return for help or a service: I don’t like to be beholden to anybodyMore 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.
late Middle English: former past participle of behold, in the otherwise unrecorded sense 'bound'.