[ US /bɪˈhoʊɫdən/ ]
[ UK /bɪhˈə‍ʊldən/ ]
  1. under a moral obligation to someone
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How To Use beholden In A Sentence

  • He is still as "beholden" as if he had taken it from a lobbyist. Hillary: Obama Camp Tells Americans One Thing, Foreigners Another
  • Disclosures of payments to beholden director's firms also fail to specify the amounts involved.
  • _miserable pride_, very absurdly, for disdaine or disdained things cannot be said darke, but rather bright and cleere, because they be beholden and much looked vpon, and pride is rather enuied then pitied or miserable, vnlessse it be in Christian charitie, which helpeth not the terme in this case. The Arte of English Poesie
  • Equipment vendors are often beholden to investors that expect a return on investment.
  • The former I suppose to be beholden to a single living filament for their seminal or amatorial procreation; and the latter to the same cause for their lateral or branching generation, which they possess in common with the polypus, tænia, and volvox, and the simplicity of which is an argument in favour of the similarity of its cause. Evolution, Old & New Or, the Theories of Buffon, Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Lamarck, as compared with that of Charles Darwin
  • Go into any courtroom and there will preside an independent judge, beholden to no government power.
  • They are keeping the poorer nations exactly where they want them: beholden to their patrons.
  • While this promise may have been rash, it is clearly one to which he feels beholden. Times, Sunday Times
  • Along the way, he encounters a giant eagle and serpent beholden to the god Utu and struggles against incredible odds to seize upon the magical plant.
  • That through your mercy they might obtain mercy, that is, that they may be beholden to you, as you have been to them. Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)
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