Thank vs Beholden - What's the difference?

thank | beholden |


As a noun thank

is (obsolete) an expression of appreciation; a thought.

As a verb thank

is to express gratitude or appreciation to someone.

As an adjective beholden is

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

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thank

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) . Compare Dutch dank, German Dank.

Noun

(en noun)
  • (obsolete) An expression of appreciation; a thought.
  • * Bible, Luke vi. 33
  • If ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
  • * Milton
  • What great thank , then, if any man, reputed wise and constant, will neither do, nor permit others under his charge to do, that which he approves not, especially in matter of sin?

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . Compare Dutch and German danken.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To express gratitude or appreciation to someone.
  • * 1900 , , (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) Chapter 23
  • The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman and the Lion now thanked the Good Witch earnestly for her kindness; and Dorothy exclaimed:
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.}}
  • Credit or hold something responsible.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud,

    beholden

    English

    Alternative forms

    *beholding

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Obligated to provide, display, or do something for another; bound by moral obligation; indebted; obliged.
  • From an early age, I had decided I wanted to be beholden to no one.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012
  • , date=June 26 , author=Genevieve Koski , title=Music: Reviews: Justin Bieber: Believe , work=The Onion AV Club citation , page= , passage=But musical ancestry aside, the influence to which Bieber is most beholden is the current trends in pop music, which means Believe is loaded up with EDM accouterments, seeking a comfortable middle ground where Bieber’s impressively refined pop-R&B croon can rub up on techno blasts and garish dubstep drops (and occasionally grind on some AutoTune, not necessarily because it needs it, but because a certain amount of robo-voice is expected these days).}} English adjectives ending in -en