have

verb
\ ˈhav How to pronounce have (audio) , (h)əv, v; in "have to" meaning "must" usually ˈhaf\
had\ ˈhad How to pronounce had (audio) , (h)əd , d \; having\ ˈha-​viŋ How to pronounce having (audio) \; has\ ˈhaz How to pronounce has (audio) , (h)əz , z , s ; in "has to" meaning "must" usually  ˈhas \

Definition of have

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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 dohave a deadline to meet
3 : to stand in a certain relationship to has three fine children we will have the wind at our backs
4a : to acquire or get possession of : obtain these shoes are the best to be had
b : 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 him
d : to copulate with claims to have had many women
5a : 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
6a : 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
7a : 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
10a : 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 sense 3a have a baby
12 : to partake of have dinner have a piece
13 : bribe, suborn can be had for a price

auxiliary verb

1 used with the past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, or future perfect has gone homehad already eatenwill have finished dinner by then
2 : to be compelled, obliged, or required used with an infinitive with to or to alone we had to godo what you have toit has to be said
had better or had best
: would be wise to had better go to bed
have at
: to go at or deal with : attack like two boxers having at each other
have coming
: to deserve or merit what one gets, benefits by, or suffers he had that coming
have done
: finish, stop wish you would have done before I go mad
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 He's been cheating me for years but now he's had it.
2 : to have experienced, endured, or suffered all one can Her old beater has finally had it.
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 thinks they just need to have it out
have none of
: to refuse to have anything to do with We will have none of that.
have one's eye on
1a : to look at
b : to watch constantly and attentively
2 : to have as an objective has her eye on a little cottage in the country
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

have

noun
\ ˈhav How to pronounce have (audio) \

Definition of have (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for have

Synonyms: Verb

command, enjoy, hold, own, possess, retain

Synonyms: Noun

capitalist, Croesus, deep pocket, fat cat, money, moneybags, plutocrat, silk stocking

Antonyms: Verb

lack, want

Antonyms: Noun

have-not, pauper

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Examples of have in a Sentence

Verb

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.

Noun

a society that discriminates between the haves and the have-nots
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The result is that California has become more starkly divided between the haves and have-nots, even as the state’s GDP per head continues to grow. The Economist, "How donuts fuelled the American Dream," 26 July 2019 To shop the best deals of this year's Amazon Prime Day, check out our running list of must-haves. 1. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "These awesome Prime Day deals just started—and they'll sell out soon," 16 July 2019 There is a widening gap between the haves–well-educated and well-located–and the have-nots. David Meyer, Fortune, "Your Zip Code May Determine Your Economic Future: CEO Daily," 11 July 2019 Alberdi also incorporated blazer, one of her favorite wardrobe must-haves, for the warm weather. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amazon Fashion's First-Ever Capsule Collection, The Drop, Is Here," 5 June 2019 Even as the primary field cleaves into haves and have nots, big questions remain about what direction the party will take as voters weigh who best, and how best, to defeat President Donald Trump next year. Steve Peoples, The Denver Post, "In crowded 2020 Democratic field, a clear top tier emerges," 16 July 2019 And though, every sale has there must-haves, none are quite thrilling as Amazon Prime Day's beauty deals. Teen Vogue, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: 12 Best Beauty Deals That Won't Break Your Wallet," 15 July 2019 Second, Democratic primary voters should add a new criterion to their list of must-haves: Who among these candidates is best suited to create the diverse alliance that must come together to beat Trump? E.j. Dionne Jr., The Mercury News, "Dionne: Will Democrats fight Trump — or each other?," 15 July 2019 Not to mention fine china and silverware serve to delineate the haves (first and business class) from the have-nots (economy). Jasmin Malik Chua, Vox, "The best $3,000 I ever spent: training for my unruly dog," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of have

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for have

Verb and Noun

Middle English, from Old English habban; akin to Old High German habēn to have, and perhaps to hevan to lift — more at heave

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have

verb
\ ˈhav, həv, əv, in sense 3 before "to" usually ˈhaf\
past & past participle had\ ˈhad , həd , əd \; present participle having\ ˈha-​viŋ \; present third person singular has\ ˈhas , həz , əz \

Kids Definition of have

1 : to hold or own I have the tickets.
2 : to possess as a characteristic She has red hair.
3 : to eat or drink Let's have dinner. I had some water.
4 : to consist of or contain April has 30 days.
5 : to be affected by I have a cold.
6 : to plan, organize, and run (an event) We're having a party.
7 : to give birth to She had twins.
8 : to cause to be How often do you have your hair cut?
9 : to stand in some relationship to I have many friends.
10 : to perform a function or engage in an activity He had a fight with his best friend.
11 : experience I had fun.
12 : to hold in the mind I have an idea.
13 : obtain, gain, get It's the best car to be had.
14 : to cause to I'll have them call you.
15 : permit entry 1 sense 1 We'll have none of that.
16 : trick entry 2 We've been had.
17 used as a helping verb with the past participle of another verb My friend has gone home.
18 : to be forced or feel obliged They have to stay.
19 : exercise entry 2 sense 1, use have mercy
had better or had best
: would be wise to You had better finish your homework.
have to do with
1 : to be about That book has to do with trucks.
2 : to be involved in or responsible for Luck had nothing to do with her success.

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