Definition of beholden
: being under obligation for a favor or gift : indebted I'm beholden to you
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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
Though the president is not strictly beholden to those laws, the ethics office has always relied on support from the top to send a message to the rest of the federal work force that its program needs to be taken seriously.
The more that China views Trump family businesses as beholden to Chinese interests, the more assertive the country may be at the international bargaining table.
Someone who is not beholden to any vested interests in the department.
Obama and his aides came into office neither beholden to his party’s establishment, nor particularly interested in reinforcing his party’s weak spots.
Even if that wasn’t the case, its unclear how beholden Trump might feel to them in the long-term.
But Abadi is weaker than Maliki was and is beholden to a large extent to the growing power of the Shiite militias that have played a major role in the anti-ISIS fight.
Smaller companies still are beholden to banks whose own balance sheets and profitability remain weakened by abnormal monetary policies and the legacy of the 2008 financial crisis.
This kind of mindless voting at the DA level means that despite the appearance of being beholden to the electorate, district attorneys are not actually held responsible for their successes and failures.
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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
Middle English, from past participle of beholden
First Known Use: 14th century
BEHOLDEN Defined for Kids
Definition of beholden for Students
: owing the return of a gift or favor I'm not beholden to anyone for my success.
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