Definition of beholden in English:

beholden

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

[predicative]
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.
Synonyms
indebted, in someone's debt, obligated, under an obligation;
grateful, owing a debt of gratitude

Origin

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

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