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  1. have
  2. verb

    • 1. possess, own, or hold:

      he had a new car and a boat have you got a job yet? I don't have that much money on me he's got the equipment with him
      Synonym : possess, own, be in possession of, be the owner of, be the (proud) possessor of, have in one's possession, have to one's name, count among one's possessions, be blessed with, boast, enjoy, keep, maintain, retain, hold, use, utilize, occupy
    • 2. possess or be provided with (a quality, characteristic, or feature):

      the ham had a sweet, smoky flavor she's got blue eyes the house has gas heat
    • 3. provide or indulge oneself with (something):

      he had himself two highballs
    • 4. be made up of; comprise:

      in 1989 the party had 10,000 members
      Synonym : comprise, consist of, contain, include, incorporate, be composed of, be made up of, be formed of, embrace, embody, encompass, take in, comprehend
    • 5. used to indicate a particular relationship:

      he's got three children do you have a client named Pedersen?
    • 6. be able to make use of (something available or at one's disposal):

      how much time have I got for the presentation?
    • 7. have gained (a qualification):

      he's got a BA in English
    • 8. possess as an intellectual attainment; know (a language or subject):

      he knew Latin and Greek; I had only a little French
    • 9. experience; undergo:

      I went to a few parties and had a good time I was having difficulty in keeping awake
      Synonym : experience, encounter, undergo, face, meet, find, go through, run into, come across, be subjected to, have experience of, be faced with, experience, enjoy, taste
    • 10. suffer from (an illness, ailment, or disability):

      I've got a headache
      Synonym : be suffering from, be afflicted by, be affected by, be troubled with, be a sufferer from, be a martyr to
    • 11. let (a feeling or thought) come into one's mind; hold in the mind:

      he had the strong impression that someone was watching him we've got a few ideas we're kicking around I've no doubt he's as busy as I am
      Synonym : harbor, feel, entertain, foster, nurse, cherish, nurture, bear, sustain, maintain, keep in one's mind
    • 12. experience or suffer the specified action happening or being done to (something):

      she had her bag stolen
    • 13. cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or condition:

      I want to have everything ready in good time I had the TV on with the sound turned down
    • 14. cause (something) to be done for one by someone else:

      it is advisable to have your carpet laid by a professional
      Synonym : cause to, make, ask to, request to, get to, tell to, require to, persuade to, induce to, prevail upon someone to, order to, command to, direct to, enjoin to, oblige to, force to, compel to, coerce to
    • 15. tell or arrange for something to be done:

      always having the builders in to do something she had her long hair cut
    • 16. have put (someone) at a disadvantage in an argument (said either to acknowledge that one has no answer to a point or to show that one knows one's opponent has no answer):

      you've got me there; I've never given the matter much thought
    • 17. cheat or deceive (someone):

      I realized I'd been had
      Synonym : trick, fool, deceive, cheat, dupe, take in, outwit, double-cross, hoodwink, swindle, do, con, diddle, bilk, rip off, shaft, pull a fast one on, put one over on, take to the cleaners, sucker, snooker, stiff
    • 18. engage in sexual intercourse with (someone).

    • 19. be obliged or find it necessary to do the specified thing:

      you don't have to accept this situation we've got to plan for the future
      Synonym : must, have got to, be obliged to, be required to, be compelled to, be forced to, be bound to, be duty-bound to, be under an obligation to
    • 20. need or be obliged to do (something):

      he's got a lot to do
    • 21. be strongly recommended to do something:

      if you think that place is great, you have to try our summer house
    • 22. be certain or inevitable to happen or be the case:

      there has to be a catch
    • 23. perform the action indicated by the noun specified (used especially in spoken English as an alternative to a more specific verb):

      he had a look around the color green has a restful effect
    • 24. organize and bring about:

      are you going to have a party?
      Synonym : organize, arrange, hold, give, host, throw, provide, put on, lay on, set up, fix up, make arrangements for, make preparations for, pencil in, prepare for, plan for
    • 25. eat or drink:

      I'll have the vegetable plate
      Synonym : eat, consume, devour, partake of, drink, empty, drain, quaff, demolish, dispose of, put away, get outside of, scoff (down), pack away, tuck away, imbibe, sink, knock back, shift, bevvy, scarf (down/up), snarf (down/up), inhale, ingurgitate, bib
    • 26. give birth to or be due to give birth to:

      she's going to have a baby
      Synonym : give birth to, bear, produce, be delivered of, bring into the world, drop, be brought to bed of, bring forth, beget
    • 27. show (a personal attribute or quality) by one's actions or attitude:

      he had little patience with technological gadgetry if you've got the drive to finish your degree
    • 28. exercise or show (mercy, pity, etc.) toward another person:

      God have mercy on me!
    • 29. not accept; refuse to tolerate:

      I can't have you insulting Tom like that
      Synonym : tolerate, endure, bear, support, accept, put up with, go along with, take, countenance, brook, permit to, allow to, stand, abide, stick, stomach, hold with, be doing with
    • 30. place or keep (something) in a particular position:

      Mary had her back to me I soon had the trout in a net
    • 31. hold or grasp (someone or something) in a particular way:

      he had me by the throat
    • 32. be the recipient of (something sent, given, or done):

      she had a letter from Mark
      Synonym : receive, get, be given, be sent, obtain, acquire, procure, come by, take receipt of
    • 33. take or invite into one's home so as to provide care or entertainment, especially for a limited period:

      we're having the children for the weekend
      Synonym : entertain, be host to, cater for, receive, invite over, ask over, show hospitality to, invite to a meal, invite to a party, wine and dine, accommodate, put up, take in, give a bed to


    • 1. used with a past participle to form the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses, and the conditional mood:

      I have finished


    • 1. people with plenty of money and possessions:

      an increasing gap between the haves and have-nots
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: have, 3rd person present: has, gerund or present participle: having, past tense: had, past participle: had

    • verb

      possess, own, or hold:

      possess (a quality, characteristic, or feature):

    • auxiliary

      used with a past participle to form the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses, and the conditional mood:
    • noun

      people with plenty of money and possessions:

      a swindle.

    • express the view that (used to indicate that the speaker is reporting something that they do not necessarily believe to be fact)

      win a decision, especially after a vote

    • adjective

      essential or highly desirable:
    • noun

      an essential or highly desirable item:
    • be extremely nervous or upset
    • possess every attraction or advantage
    • noun

      (in Canada) a province whose per capita tax revenue exceeds a national average and therefore does not receive equalization payments from the federal government.
    • attempt or attack forcefully or aggressively
    • plural

      economically disadvantaged people:
    • claim; express the view that

      win a decision, especially after a vote

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