have [stressed, hav unstressed, həv, əv]
(past and past participle had [stressed, had unstressed, həd, əd], present participle
hav·ing, 3rd person present singular has [stressed, haz unstressed, həz, əz]) CORE-MEANING: a verb indicating that somebody possesses something, either materially or as a characteristic or attribute
She has a small cottage in the country.
He has beautiful eyes.
1. transitive verb
own something: to be the owner or possessor of something
I don't have a lot of money.
2. transitive verb
possess characteristic: to be the possessor of a quality or characteristic
She had long blond hair.
3. auxiliary verb
tenses: used to form the following tenses or aspects: the present perfect, the past perfect, the future perfect, and the continuous forms of these (used before the past participle of a verb or at the beginning of a question, or with "got" to indicate possession)
I have finished my dinner, thank you.
Have you finished yet?
I have got a new car.
4. modal verb
expresses compulsion: expresses compulsion, obligation, or necessity
We have to go now.
said he'd do it if he had to
5. modal verb
expresses certainty: expresses conviction or certainty
There just has to be a solution to the problem.
6. transitive verb
receive something: to receive or obtain something
I had a Christmas card from him.
7. transitive verb
eat something: to eat or drink something
We have breakfast at eight.
8. transitive verb
think of something: to think of something, or hold something in
Listen! I have a good idea.
9. transitive verb
experience something: to experience or undergo something
He went to the carnival to have a good time.
I had a shock.
10. transitive verb
be affected by something:
to be affected by something, especially something of a medical nature
I've had the
flu for the last week.
11. transitive verb
engage in something:
to engage or participate in something
They had a long talk about cars.
arrange something: to organize or arrange something
We had a party last week.
13. transitive verb
arrange for something to be done: to arrange for somebody to do something for you or on your behalf
I've just had my hair cut.
14. transitive verb
tolerate something: to tolerate or put up with something (usually used in negative statements)
I won't have such behavior any longer!
15. transitive verb
receive somebody: to receive somebody as a guest
We had Mother to stay over Christmas.
16. transitive verb
bring child into existence: to be the parent of a child, or conceive, carry, or give birth to a child
She's had three children and now she's having another one.
17. transitive verb
put somebody or something somewhere: to put or place somebody or something in a particular place
I'll have you two in the front row, please.
I'll have the desk over there.
18. transitive verb
something: to be the victim of an unpleasant action or experience
I had my car stolen.
19. transitive verb
make something happen: to direct or cause somebody to do something, or cause something to happen
see him tomorrow, have him call me.
20. transitive verb
somebody: to cheat or outwit somebody (slang) (usually passive)
I think you've been
had in this deal.
[ Old English habban < Indo-European, "grasp"]
have done with something to finish with something
Let's put everything else in this box and have done with it.
have had it to have no prospect of success
We've had it now. to be too worn out, damaged, or exhausted to function properly (informal)
I'm afraid this printer has just about had it.
had it - you go on, I'm turning back.
have had it with somebody or something to have
lost patience with somebody or something
I've had it with delays.
have it to declare or assert something
Rumor has it that they are planning to get engaged.
it in for somebody to dislike somebody and want to do that person harm
have it out (with somebody) to engage in a spirited, aggressive argument over an issue with somebody
OK, let's have it out now and get this settled once and for all.
have something on somebody to have unfavorable information about somebody's activities
have to do with to be relevant to
Does your question have anything to do with the topic under discussion? to have a friendship or relationship with
She will have nothing to do with him anymore.
have what it takes to have the necessary skills, personality, or attitude to be successful at something
He doesn't really have what it takes to be a professional actor.
not having any (of something) refusing to take part or become involved in something
They tried to involve him in the conspiracy, but it soon became clear that he wasn't having any.
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