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Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.
[Middle English biholden, past participle of biholden, to observe; see behold.]
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indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation
[Old English behealden, past participle of behealdan to behold]
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obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one.
[1300–50; Middle English beholden, old past participle of behold]
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|Adj.||1.||beholden - under a moral obligation to someone|
obligated - caused by law or conscience to follow a certain course; "felt obligated to repay the kindness"; "was obligated to pay off the student loan"
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adjective indebted, bound, owing, grateful, obliged, in debt, obligated, under obligation He was made beholden to the Mafia.
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beholden to → redevable à
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beholden[bɪˈheʊld/ən] adj (frm) to be beholden to sb for sth → sentirsi obbligato/a verso qn per qc
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