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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 is the British leader, in a now-minority government, beholden to every faction in her own party as well as a merry band of Northern Irish Protestant deputies, who obviously believes her current task is a form of madness.
But at least those coaches were beholden to the high schools and municipalities that employed them.
Despite its ability to profoundly impact the US economy, the position operates independently of the White House, meaning the person Trump chooses will not be beholden to the President's own views.
Traditional hair-products giants are beholden to brick-and-mortar stores and are late to sell their products aggressively online, Errett said.
But Nora is still beholden to a patriarchal society.
No longer beholden to another artist’s brand, Olander began truly making a name for himself on his own accord.
If the Sanders model can be replicated in congressional races and elect a Democratic president, then liberals need no longer be beholden to Wall Street and big corporate interests.
What followed was a reinvention of the company that made its name — and fortune — selling personal computers in a world increasingly beholden to smartphones and tablets.
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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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