V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: indebted in response to a kindness, gift, favor, or loan

Synonyms: indebted, obligated, bound

Antonyms: free, unbound

Tips: Beholden was originally the past participle of behold, but today it has its own meaning as an adjective. It is most often used in the formulation "beholden to" a person. Beholden is a more sophisticated and less financial way of saying "indebted."

Usage Examples:

I am forever beholden to you for your assistance today. (indebted)

Although he disagreed with much of what his boss did, he stayed at the company because he felt beholden to her for the chance to do the sort of work he wanted, even without a degree. (indebted, bound)

Mark felt beholden to his mother for all the hard work she put into raising him. (indebted, bound)

I am beholden to you for taking care of my dog while I was on vacation. (indebted, obligated)

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