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BEHO'LDEN, pp. or a. beholdn. [The participle of behold, to keep, guard, or bind. See Behold.]
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of beholden Date: 14th century being under obligation for a favor or gift
predic.adj. (usu. foll. by to) under obligation. Etymology: past part. (obs. except in this use) of BEHOLD, = bound
Behold Be*hold", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Beheld(p. p. formerly Beholden, now used only as a p. a.); p. pr. & vb. n. Beholding.] [OE. bihalden, biholden, AS. behealdan to hold, have in sight; pref. be- + healdan to hold, keep; akin to G. behalten to hold, keep. See Hold.] To have in sight; to see clearly; to look at; to regard with the eyes. When he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. --Num. xxi. 9. Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. --John. i. 29. Syn: To scan; gaze; regard; descry; view; discern.
Beholden Be*hold"en, p. a. [Old p. p. of behold, used in the primitive sense of the simple verb hold.] Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted. But being so beholden to the Prince. --Tennyson.
If you are beholden to someone, you are in debt to them in some way or you feel that you have a duty to them because they have helped you. We feel really beholden to them for what they've done. ADJ: v-link ADJ to n
acknowledging, appreciative, beholden to, bound, bounden, bounden to, cognizant of, committed, crediting, duty-bound, grateful, in debt, in duty bound, indebted, indebted to, much obliged, obligate, obligated, obliged, obliged to, pledged, saddled, sensible, thankful, tied, under obligation