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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
All these restaurants serve dramatically different versions, which are beholden to nothing but deliciousness.
Private clinics aren’t beholden to government record-keeping in Germany, where health care is largely decentralized.
Streaming services aren’t beholden to the same content restrictions as broadcast television.
But is there any real check on this new breed of digital creators, who are more beholden to their forgiving fans than standards of common decency?
Barcelona, for instance, is home to dozens of startups and e-commerce firms that cater to local demand, and thus don’t feel beholden to set up shop in the traditional tech cities.
Although the book and movie share the same plot, neither was beholden to the other.
Unions are beholden to their bosses rather than to their members.
Because of this, the NRA is not beholden to its rank and file.
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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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