- Have is defined as to contain, hold or own something.
An example of to have is to own a car and a house.
These people have a new home.
have definition by Webster's New World
- to hold in the hand or in control; own; possess: to have wealth
- to possess or contain as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.: she has blue eyes; the week has seven days
- to be affected by or afflicted with: to have a cold
- to possess by way of experience; experience; undergo: have a good time
- to possess an understanding of; know: to have only a little Spanish
- to hold or keep in the mind: to have an idea
- to declare or state: so gossip has it
- to gain possession, control, or mastery of
- to get, take, receive, or obtain: to have news of someone, have a look at it
- to consume; eat or drink: have some tea
- to bear or beget (offspring)
- to perform; carry on; engage in: to have an argument
- to cause to: have them walk home
- to cause to be: have this done first
- to be in a certain relation to: to have brothers and sisters
- to feel and show: have pity on her
- to permit; tolerate: used in the negative: I won't have this nonsense
- to hold at a disadvantage or to overcome: I had my opponent now
- to deceive; take in; cheat: they were had in that business deal
- to engage in sexual intercourse with
Origin: Middle English haven (earlier habben) ; from Old English habban, akin to Old High German haben, Old Norse hafa, Gothic haban ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kap-, to grasp from source Classical Greek kaptein, to gulp down, Classical Latin capere, to take: primary sense, “to hold, have in hand”
have definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb had had , hav·ing, has verb, transitive
- a. To be in possession of: already had a car.b. To possess as a characteristic, quality, or function: has a beard; had a great deal of energy.c. To possess or contain as a constituent part: a car that has air bags.
- To occupy a particular relation to: had many disciples.
- To possess knowledge of or facility in: has very little Spanish.
- To hold in the mind; entertain: had doubts about their loyalty.
- To use or exhibit in action: have compassion.
- a. To come into possession of; acquire: Not one copy of the book was to be had in the entire town.b. To receive; get: I had a letter from my cousin.c. To accept; take: I'll have the peas instead of the spinach.
- a. To suffer from: have defective vision.b. To be subject to the experience of: had a difficult time last winter.
- a. To cause to do something, as by persuasion or compulsion: had my assistant run the errand.b. To cause to be in a specified place or state: had the guests in the dining room; had everyone fascinated.
- To permit; allow: I won't have that kind of behavior in my house.
- To carry on, perform, or execute: have an argument.
- a. To place at a disadvantage: Your opponent in the debate had you on every issue.b. Informal To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception: They realized too late that they'd been had by a swindler.c. Informal To influence by dishonest means; bribe: an incorruptible official who could not be had.
- a. To procreate (offspring): wanted to have a child.b. To give birth to; bear: She's going to have a baby.
- To partake of: have lunch.
- To be obliged to; must: We simply have to get there on time.
- To engage in sexual intercourse with.
Origin: Middle English haven, from Old English habban; see kap- in Indo-European roots.Usage Note: The idioms had better and had best resemble an auxiliary verb in that their form never changes to show person or tense and that they cannot follow another verb in a phrase. In informal speech, people tend to omit had, especially with had better, as in You better do it. In formal contexts and in writing, however, had or its contraction must be preserved: You had better do it or You'd better do it. See Usage Note at rather.
have - Phrases/Idioms
have had itSlang
- to be exhausted, defeated, disgusted, bored, ready to quit, etc.
- to be no longer popular, useful, accepted, etc.
have it good
have it off
have it out
- to be wearing; be dressed in
- Brit., Informal to fool (someone) by playing on the person's credulity; trick; kid you're having me on, aren't you?
have to beâ
have to do with
to have and to hold
have done with
have had it
- To have endured all that one can: I've had it with their delays.
- To be in a state beyond remedy, repair, or salvage: That coat has had it.
- To have done everything that is possible or that will be permitted.
- To assert; maintain: Rumor has it that he quit.
- To think and act with respect to (something being considered): Have it your way.
- To gain a victory in a voice vote: The ayes have it.
have it in for (someone)
have it out
have (something) coming
have to do with