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Examples of beholden in a Sentence
not wanting to be beholden to anyone, he insisted on paying his own way
Recent Examples of beholden from the Web
This means, say critics, courts beholden to the Communist Party can easily subpoena it.
The magistrates still are beholden to the mayors for their jobs.
But Trump felt beholden to Strange, who has supported his agenda during his few months in the Senate.
The Public Service Commission is not beholden to the governor or the Louisiana Legislature.
Owned by conglomerates and beholden to Wall Street, these once-proud institutions have sold themselves body and soul to sequels, superhero comic book movies and crass comedies.
Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans are also beholden to another enemy of fiscal temperance: donors that demand tax cuts in any circumstance.
Sneakers, the platform suggests, are just as worthy of your money as stocks and gold and beholden to the peculiarities of their own respective markets.
Ojeda ran for it once before, in 2014, when it was held by 38-year incumbent Nick Rahall, a Democrat of the old West Virginian mold: culturally conservative, beholden to Big Coal.
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Did You Know?
Have you ever found yourself under obligation to someone else for a gift or favor? It's a common experience, and, not surprisingly, many of the words describing this condition have been part of the English language for centuries. "Beholden" was first recorded in writing in the 14th century, in the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." "Indebted," which entered English through Anglo-French, is even older, first appearing in the 13th century. English speakers in the 14th century would also have had another synonym of "beholden" to choose from, a now-obsolete sense of "bounden," which today means "made obligatory" or "binding."
Origin and Etymology of beholden
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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