have


1have

verb \ˈhav, (h)əv, v; in have to meaning must usually ˈhaf\
had \ˈhad, (h)əd, d\ hav·ing \ˈha-viŋ\ has \ˈhaz, (h)əz, z, s; in has to meaning must usually ˈhas\

Definition of HAVE

transitive verb
1
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>
2
:  to feel obligation in regard to —usually used with an infinitive with to <we have things to do> <have a deadline to meet>
3
:  to stand in a certain relationship to <has three fine children> <we will have the wind at our backs>
4
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
5
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>
6
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>
7
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>
8
:  allow <we'll have no more of that>
9
:  to be competent in <has only a little French>
10
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>
11
:  bear 2a <have a baby>
12
:  to partake of <have dinner> <have a piece>
13
:  bribe, suborn <can be had for a price>
verbal auxiliary
1
—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>
2
:  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>
had better or had best
:  would be wise to
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
:  finish, stop
have done with
:  to bring to an end :  have no further concern with <let us have done with name-calling>
have had it
1
:  to have had or have done all one is going to be allowed to
2
:  to have experienced, endured, or suffered all one can
have it
:  assert, claim <rumor has it that he was drunk>
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
1
a :  to look at
b :  to watch constantly and attentively
2
:  to have as an objective
have to do with
1
:  to deal with <the story has to do with real people — Alice M. Jordan>
2
:  to have a specified relationship with or effect on <the size of the brain has nothing to do with intelligence — Ruth Benedict>

Examples of HAVE

  1. Do they have a new car?
  2. You can have it until I get back.
  3. She has a red bike, and I have a blue one.
  4. She got another part-time job and now she has two jobs.
  5. I'm looking for the newspaper. Do you have it?
  6. He had the newspaper right in his hand.
  7. I used to have a necklace like that, but I lost it.
  8. She used to share a room with her sister, but now she has her own room.
  9. Have they got a new car?
  10. 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

Rhymes with HAVE

2have

noun \ˈhav\

Definition of HAVE

:  one that is well-endowed especially in material wealth

Examples of HAVE

  1. <a society that discriminates between the haves and the have-nots>

First Known Use of HAVE

1836

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