adjective be·hold·en \bi-ˈhōl-dən, bē-\

Definition of BEHOLDEN

:  being under obligation for a favor or gift :  indebted <I'm beholden to you>

Examples of BEHOLDEN

  1. <not wanting to be beholden to anyone, he insisted on paying his own way>

Origin of BEHOLDEN

Middle English, from past participle of beholden
First Known Use: 14th century

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BEHOLDEN Defined for Kids


adjective be·hold·en \bi-ˈhol-dən\

Definition of BEHOLDEN for Kids

:  owing the return of a gift or favor <I'm not beholden to anyone for my success.>


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