from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Obligated to provide, display, or do something for another; bound by moral obligation; indebted; obliged.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted; held by obligation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. under a moral obligation to someone


Middle English biholden, past participle of biholden, to observe; see behold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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