've

verb
\ v, əv \

Definition of 've

: have we've been there

First Known Use of 've

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 've

by contraction

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“'ve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%27ve. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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