Beholden meaning

bĭ-hōldən
Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.
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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.

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Obliged to feel grateful; owing thanks; indebted.
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Obligated to provide, display, or do something for another; bound by moral obligation; indebted; obliged.

From an early age, I had decided I wanted to be beholden to no one.

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Origin of beholden

  • Middle English biholden past participle of biholden to observe behold

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition