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beholden

[bih-hohl-duh n] /bɪˈhoʊl dən/
adjective
1.
obligated; indebted:
a man beholden to no one.
Origin of beholden
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, adj. use of beholden, old past participle of behold
Related forms
unbeholden, adjective
Synonyms
obliged, bound, grateful, liable.
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beholden

/bɪˈhəʊldən/
adjective
1.
indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation
Word Origin
Old English behealden, past participle of behealdan to behold
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adj.

"under obligation," mid-14c., originally past participle of behold (and preserving the original past participle of 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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