verb \ˈhav, (h)əv, v; in “have to” meaning “must” usually ˈhaf\

Definition of have


play \ˈhad, (h)əd, d\;


play \ˈha-viŋ\;


play \ˈhaz, (h)əz, z, s; in “has to” meaning “must” usually ˈhas\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to hold or maintain as a possession, privilege, or entitlement they have a new car I have my rightsb :  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 stayc :  to hold, include, or contain as a part or whole the car has power brakes April has 30 days

  3. 2 :  to feel obligation in regard to —usually used with an infinitive with to we have things to do have a deadline to meet

  4. 3 :  to stand in a certain relationship to has three fine children we will have the wind at our backs

  5. 4a :  to acquire or get possession of :  obtain these shoes are the best to be hadb :  receive She asked if he had any news.c :  accept so burnt no one would have a piece; specifically :  to accept in marriage could find no one who would have himd :  to copulate with claims to have had many women

  6. 5a :  to be marked or characterized by (a quality, attribute, or faculty) both have red hair has a way with wordsb :  exhibit, show had the gall to refusec :  use, exercise have mercy on us

  7. 6a :  to experience especially by submitting to, undergoing, or suffering I have a coldb :  to make the effort to perform (an action) or engage in (an activity) have a look at that cutc :  to entertain in the mind have an opinion

  8. 7a :  to cause or command to do something —used with the infinitive without to have the children stayb :  to cause to be in a certain place or state has people around at all times

  9. 8 :  allow we'll have no more of that

  10. 9 :  to be competent in has only a little French

  11. 10a :  to hold in a position of disadvantage or certain defeat we have him nowb :  to take advantage of :  trick, fool been had by a partner

  12. 11 :  bear 2a have a baby

  13. 12 :  to partake of have dinner have a piece

  14. 13 :  bribe, suborn can be had for a price

  15. auxiliary verb
  16. 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

  17. 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


had best

  1. :  would be wise to had better go to bed

have at

  1. :  to go at or deal with :  attack like two boxers having at each other

have coming

  1. :  to deserve or merit what one gets, benefits by, or suffers he had that coming

have done

  1. :  finish, stop wish you would have done before I go mad

have done with

  1. :  to bring to an end :  have no further concern with let us have done with name-calling

have had it

  1. 1 :  to have had or have done all one is going to be allowed to He's been cheating me for years but now he's had it.

  2. 2 :  to have experienced, endured, or suffered all one can Her old beater has finally had it.

have it

  1. :  assert, claim rumor has it that he was drunk

have it in for

  1. :  to intend to do harm to

have it out

  1. :  to settle a matter of contention by discussion or a fight thinks they just need to have it out

have none of

  1. :  to refuse to have anything to do with We will have none of that.

have one's eye on

  1. 1a :  to look atb :  to watch constantly and attentively

  2. 2 :  to have as an objective has her eye on a little cottage in the country

have to do with

  1. 1 :  to deal with the story has to do with real people — Alice M. Jordan

  2. 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 in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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



noun \ˈhav\

Definition of have

  1. :  one that is well-endowed especially in material wealth the haves and have-nots

Examples of have in a Sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of have

see 1have

HAVE Defined for Kids


verb \ˈhav, həv, əv, in sense 3 before "to" usually ˈhaf\

Definition of have for Students

past & past participle


\ˈhad, həd, əd\;
present participle


present third person singular


\ˈhas, həz, əz\
  1. 1 :  to hold or own I have the tickets.

  2. 2 :  to possess as a characteristic She has red hair.

  3. 3 :  to eat or drink Let's have dinner. I had some water.

  4. 4 :  to consist of or contain April has 30 days.

  5. 5 :  to be affected by I have a cold.

  6. 6 :  to plan, organize, and run (an event) We're having a party.

  7. 7 :  to give birth to She had twins.

  8. 8 :  to cause to be How often do you have your hair cut?

  9. 9 :  to stand in some relationship to I have many friends.

  10. 10 :  to perform a function or engage in an activity He had a fight with his best friend.

  11. 11 :  experience I had fun.

  12. 12 :  to hold in the mind I have an idea.

  13. 13 :  obtain, gain, get It's the best car to be had.

  14. 14 :  to cause to I'll have them call you.

  15. 15 :  1permit 1 We'll have none of that.

  16. 16 :  2trick We've been had.

  17. 17 —used as a helping verb with the past participle of another verb My friend has gone home.

  18. 18 :  to be forced or feel obliged They have to stay.

  19. 19 :  2exercise 1, use have mercy

had better


had best

  1. :  would be wise to You had better finish your homework.

have to do with

  1. 1 :  to be about That book has to do with trucks.

  2. 2 :  to be involved in or responsible for Luck had nothing to do with her success.

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