had \ˈhad, (h)əd, d\ hav·ing \ˈha-viŋ\ has \ˈhaz, (h)əz, z, s; in “has to” meaning “must” usually ˈhas\
a : to hold or maintain as a possession, privilege, or entitlement <they have a new car> <I have my rights>
b : to hold in one's use, service, regard, or at one's disposal <the group will have enough tickets for everyone> <we don't have time to stay>
c : to hold, include, or contain as a part or whole <the car has power brakes> <April has 30 days>
: to feel obligation in regard to —usually used with an infinitive with to <we have things to do> <have a deadline to meet>
: to stand in a certain relationship to <has three fine children> <we will have the wind at our backs>
a : to acquire or get possession of : obtain <these shoes are the best to be had>
b : receive <had news>
c : accept; specifically : to accept in marriage
d : to copulate with
a : to be marked or characterized by (a quality, attribute, or faculty) <both have red hair> <has a way with words>
b : exhibit, show <had the gall to refuse>
c : use, exercise <have mercy on us>
a : to experience especially by submitting to, undergoing, or suffering <I have a cold>
b : to make the effort to perform (an action) or engage in (an activity) <have a look at that cut>
c : to entertain in the mind <have an opinion>
a : to cause or command to do something —used with the infinitive without to <have the children stay>
b : to cause to be in a certain place or state <has people around at all times>
: allow <we'll have no more of that>
: to be competent in <has only a little French>
a : to hold in a position of disadvantage or certain defeat <we have him now>
b : to take advantage of : trick, fool <been had by a partner>
: to partake of <have dinner> <have a piece>
—used with the past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, or future perfect <has gone home> <had already eaten> <will have finished dinner by then>
: to be compelled, obliged, or required —used with an infinitive with to or to alone <we had to go> <do what you have to> <it has to be said>
— have at
: to go at or deal with : attack
— have coming
: to deserve or merit what one gets, benefits by, or suffers <he had that coming>
— have done with
: to bring to an end : have no further concern with <let us have done with name-calling>
— have had it
: to have had or have done all one is going to be allowed to
: to have experienced, endured, or suffered all one can
— have it in for
: to intend to do harm to
— have it out
: to settle a matter of contention by discussion or a fight
— have none of
: to refuse to have anything to do with
— have one's eye on
a : to look at
b : to watch constantly and attentively
: to have as an objective
— have to do with
: to deal with <the story has to do with real people — Alice M. Jordan>
: to have a specified relationship with or effect on <the size of the brain has nothing to do with intelligence — Ruth Benedict>
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Examples of HAVE
- Do they have a new car?
- You can have it until I get back.
- She has a red bike, and I have a blue one.
- She got another part-time job and now she has two jobs.
- I'm looking for the newspaper. Do you have it?
- He had the newspaper right in his hand.
- I used to have a necklace like that, but I lost it.
- She used to share a room with her sister, but now she has her own room.
- Have they got a new car?
- We've got things to do.
Origin of HAVE
Middle English, from Old English habban;
akin to Old High German habēn
to have, and perhaps to hevan
to lift — more at heave
First Known Use: before 12th century
: one that is well-endowed especially in material wealth
Examples of HAVE
- <a society that discriminates between the haves and the have-nots>
First Known Use of HAVE
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