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
The Outlaw Music Festival’s bill is, however, no more beholden to outlaw country than to a strict definition of what an outlaw is.
Not all Medicaid populations are beholden to the cap under the Senate bill.
To all Americans, and especially Trump supporters: Heed Karem's statement, and, furthermore, remember this: Journalism is beholden, first and foremost, to citizens.
Which is to say: The president isn’t necessarily beholden to a hostile foreign power — he could just be a conspiracy theorist with a severe personality disorder.
Having to depend on Congress would make the agency be more beholden to the whims of lawmakers. *
But this particular project -- which aims to create colorful artificial clouds so that NASA researchers can study particle movements on large scale -- is even more beholden to Mother Nature's will.
The old What The Buck character has been abandoned, and today Buckley is just plain old Michael Buckley, a gentler, older YouTuber—still on the site, but not beholden to it.
Because H-1B visas are sponsored by companies, the employees are beholden to them.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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