beholden


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be·hold·en

 (bĭ-hōl′dən)
adj.
Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.

[Middle English biholden, past participle of biholden, to observe; see behold.]

beholden

(bɪˈhəʊldən)
adj
indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation
[Old English behealden, past participle of behealdan to behold]

be•hold•en

(bɪˈhoʊl dən)

adj.
obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one.
[1300–50; Middle English beholden, old past participle of behold]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.beholden - under a moral obligation to someonebeholden - 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"

beholden

adjective indebted, bound, owing, grateful, obliged, in debt, obligated, under obligation He was made beholden to the Mafia.

beholden

adjective
Owing something, such as gratitude or appreciation, to another:
Archaic: bounden.
Idiom: under obligation.
Translations

beholden

[bɪˈhəʊldən] ADJ (frm) to be beholden to sbtener obligaciones con algn

beholden

[bɪˈhəʊldən] adj
beholden to → redevable à

beholden

adj (liter) to be beholden to somebody for somethingjdm für etw verpflichtet sein (geh)

beholden

[bɪˈheʊldn] adj (frm) to be beholden to sb for sthsentirsi obbligato/a verso qn per qc
References in classic literature ?
And to say the truth, there is, in all points, great difference between the reasonable passion which women at this age conceive towards men, and the idle and childish liking of a girl to a boy, which is often fixed on the outside only, and on things of little value and no duration; as on cherry-cheeks, small, lily-white hands, sloe-black eyes, flowing locks, downy chins, dapper shapes; nay, sometimes on charms more worthless than these, and less the party's own; such are the outward ornaments of the person, for which men are beholden to the taylor, the laceman, the periwig-maker, the hatter, and the milliner, and not to nature.
I often feel as he did, dearest, and, in addition, I know how beholden to you I am.
And he would let the King know to whom, and for what cause, he was beholden for his defeat and discomfiture.
So far as I was concerned myself, I had come to port; but I had still Alan, to whom I was so much beholden, on my hands; and I felt besides a heavy charge in the matter of the murder and James of the Glens.
Lightly leaped Robin off his back, and said, "I am much beholden to you, good father.
In all the clouds he sees her light robes trail, And roses seem beholden to her face; O'er scented balustrade the scented gale Blows warm from Spring, and dew-drops form apace.
Don Quixote asked her name in order that he might from that time forward know to whom he was beholden for the favour he had received, as he meant to confer upon her some portion of the honour he acquired by the might of his arm.
For the last year at least I had not been beholden to my mother for food.
But he was always a poor, fond, silly creature, was Peter, though we are beholden to him for helping to bury our second son Wat, who was a
Your own honour and good name demand that, after the discovery of his vile proceedings, you should not be beholden to him one hour, even for the shelter of these bare walls.
Two months ago he would have declared stoutly that he would never be beholden to his wife's friends; but now he told himself as stoutly that it was nothing but right and natural that Bessy should go to the Pullets and explain the thing to them; they would hardly let Bessy's furniture be sold, and it might be security to Pullet if he advanced the money,--there would, after all, be no gift or favor in the matter.
There's another that you're more beholden to than you are to me and my boys, maybe, but he don't allow me to tell his name.