beholden

  • 1beholden to — formal : owing a favor or gift to (someone) : having obligations to (someone) politicians who are beholden to special interest groups She works for herself, and so is beholden to no one. • • • Main Entry: ↑beholden …

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  • 2Beholden — Be*hold en, p. a. [Old p. p. of behold, used in the primitive sense of the simple verb hold.] Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted. [1913 Webster] But being so beholden to the Prince. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3beholden — beholden; un·beholden; …

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  • 4beholden — ► ADJECTIVE (usu. beholden to) ▪ owing a debt; indebted …

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  • 5beholden — index accountable (responsible), bound, indebted, loyal Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6beholden — under obligation, mid 14c., originally pp. of BEHOLD (Cf. behold) (and preserving the original pp. of HOLD (Cf. hold)), but a sense directly related to this usage is not recorded among the many and varied meanings attested for behold …

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  • 7beholden — [adj] indebted bound, grateful, in hock, into, obligated, obliged, on a string*, on the arm*, on the cuff*, on the tab*, owe one, owing, responsible, under obligation; concept 403 Ant. ingrateful …

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  • 8beholden — [bi hōld′ən] vt. [ME, pp. of BEHOLD] archaic pp. of BEHOLD adj. obliged to feel grateful; owing thanks; indebted …

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  • 9beholden — adj. (cannot stand alone) beholden for; to (we are beholden to nobody for anything) * * * [bɪ həʊldn] to (we are beholden to nobody for anything) (cannot stand alone) beholden for …

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  • 10beholden — [[t]bɪho͟ʊld(ə)n[/t]] ADJ: v link ADJ to n If you are beholden to someone, you are in debt to them in some way or you feel that you have a duty to them because they have helped you. He was made beholden to the Mafia... Americans are beholden to… …

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  • 11beholden — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of beholden Date: 14th century being under obligation for a favor or gift ; indebted < I m beholden to you > …

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  • 12beholden — /bi hohl deuhn/, adj. obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one. [1300 50; ME, adj. use of beholden, old ptp. of BEHOLD] Syn. obliged, bound, grateful, liable. * * * …

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  • 13beholden — be|hold|en [bıˈhəuldn US ˈhoul ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Old past participle of behold] feel/be beholden to sb to feel that you have a duty to someone because they have done something for you ▪ I hate feeling beholden to anyone …

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  • 14beholden — adjective feel /be beholden to to feel that you have a duty to someone because they have done something for you: I hate feeling beholden to anyone …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15beholden — be•hold•en [[t]bɪˈhoʊl dən[/t]] adj. obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one[/ex] • Etymology: 1300–50; ME beholden, old ptp. of behold …

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  • 16Beholden — Behold Be*hold , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Beheld}(p. p. formerly {Beholden}, now used only as a p. a.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Beholding}.] [OE. bihalden, biholden, AS. behealdan to hold, have in sight; pref. be + healdan to hold, keep; akin to G. behalten …

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  • 17beholden — adjective /biˈhəʊl.dən/ 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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  • 18beholden — Synonyms and related words: acknowledging, appreciative, beholden to, bound, bounden, bounden to, cognizant of, committed, crediting, duty bound, grateful, in debt, in duty bound, indebted, indebted to, much obliged, obligate, obligated, obliged …

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  • 19beholden — be|hold|en [ bı houldn ] adjective FORMAL beholden to feeling an obligation to do something for someone who has helped you in the past …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20beholden to — owing gratitude for a service or favour. → beholden …

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