Origin of beholdenME, past participle of behold
The definition of beholden is you owe someone, or are under some moral obligation to repay a favor or kindness.
When your in-laws give you the money to buy a house and keep bringing it up every time they ask if they can come over, this is an example of a time when you might feel beholden.
Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.
Origin of beholdenMiddle English biholden past participle of biholden to observe ; see behold .
- The latter is far more beholden to the revenue of DVD sales than the latter.
- For his facts a textual critic may, and often must, be beholden to others: but never for his opinions.
- In Iceland to Denmark, and laid the foundations of the famous library and bequest, for which all Icelandic students are so much beholden.
- About 1560 he came to London and was employed as a translator by Reginald or Reyner Wolfe, to whom he says he was "singularly beholden."