Definition of beholden in English:



  • predicative Owing thanks or having a duty to someone in return for help or a service.

    ‘I don't like to be beholden to anybody’
    • ‘He also acknowledges that the industry is now beholden to the regulator.’
    • ‘They're going to be beholden to folks who are paying for their travel.’
    • ‘It's a nice feeling to know that you're not beholden to anything.’
    • ‘As soldiers, they are beholden to the policies and representatives and executives and judges voted in by the rest of us.’
    • ‘You'll quickly find out just how beholden he is to his beliefs.’
    • ‘Our government is a closed system of two political parties, both beholden to corporate interests.’
    • ‘They're also looking for people, a leadership that aren't going to be beholden to special interests.’
    • ‘If a person is beholden to the leadership, he owes something.’
    • ‘It is beholden to society to protect the innocent and the vulnerable.’
    • ‘Credit union members knew each other personally and were beholden to each other.’
    • ‘Tactically, however, he is extremely flexible and is beholden to no particular system, encouraging simple, open football.’
    • ‘Even the seemingly goodhearted politicians are irrevocably beholden to their big buck backers.’
    • ‘The idea is that there is a culture out there to which you're beholden.’
    • ‘Equipment vendors are often beholden to investors that expect a return on investment.’
    • ‘In contrast, an actor has no vested interests, and isn't particularly beholden to any special interest group.’
    • ‘I have been in business for thirty years, I've always paid my own way, I am beholden to no-one.’
    • ‘A lot of candidates that you would describe as liberal are beholden to a lot of special interests in order to get elected.’
    • ‘Those city councils are beholden to the police and fire unions.’
    • ‘They are keeping the poorer nations exactly where they want them: beholden to their patrons.’
    • ‘They think that we can't do it because we are so beholden to the special interests.’
    indebted, obligated, under an obligation, obliged, bound, duty-bound, honour-bound
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Late Middle English: archaic past participle of behold, in the otherwise unrecorded sense ‘bound’.