Have meaning

hăv
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Have is defined as to contain, hold or own something.

An example of to have is to own a car and a house.

verb
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To hold in the mind; entertain.

Had doubts about their loyalty.

verb
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Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action.

The troublemaker has gone for good. I regretted that I had lost my temper. They will have finished by the time we arrive.

verb
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To partake of.

Have lunch.

verb
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To use or exhibit in action.

Have compassion.

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To carry on, perform, or execute.

Have an argument.

verb
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To occupy a particular relation to.

Had many disciples.

verb
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To engage in sexual intercourse with.
verb
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One enjoying especially material wealth.
noun
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To be obliged to; must.

We simply have to get there on time.

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To occupy a particular relation to.

Had many disciples.

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To possess knowledge of or facility in.

Has very little Spanish.

verb
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To engage in sexual intercourse with.
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Used with a past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses indicating completed action.

The troublemaker has gone for good. I regretted that I had lost my temper. They will have finished by the time we arrive.

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One enjoying especially material wealth.
noun
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To hold in the hand or in control; own; possess.

To have wealth.

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To possess or contain as a part, characteristic, attribute, etc.

She has blue eyes; the week has seven days.

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To be affected by or afflicted with.

To have a cold.

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Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below)

We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we?

Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she?

(UK usage) He has some money, hasn't he?

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(UK, slang) To defeat in a fight; take.

I could have him!

I'm gonna have you!

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To permit; allow.

I won't have that kind of behavior in my house.

verb
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To carry on, perform, or execute.

Have an argument.

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To partake of.

Have lunch.

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To be obliged to; must.

We simply have to get there on time.

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To hold in the mind; entertain.

Had doubts about their loyalty.

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To use or exhibit in action.

Have compassion.

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To permit; allow.

I won't have that kind of behavior in my house.

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To possess by way of experience; experience; undergo.

Have a good time.

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To possess an understanding of; know.

To have only a little Spanish.

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To hold or keep in the mind.

To have an idea.

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To declare or state.

So gossip has it.

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To gain possession, control, or mastery of.
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To bear or beget (offspring)
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To perform; carry on; engage in.

To have an argument.

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To be in (a certain) relation to.

To have brothers and sisters.

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To feel and show.

Have pity on her.

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To permit; tolerate.

I won't have this nonsense.

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(informal) A person or nation with relatively much wealth or rich resources.

The haves and have-nots.

noun
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(Ireland) To be able to speak a language.

I have no German.

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To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.

Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.

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To be afflicted with, to suffer from, to experience something negative.

He had a cold last week.

We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that.

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You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke.

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(often with present participle) To allow.

Additional archaic forms are second-person singular present tense hast and second-person singular past tense hadst or haddest.

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To possess knowledge of or facility in.

Has very little Spanish.

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have a mind to
  • To be inclined to (do something).
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(usage problem) had better
  • To be wise or obliged to; should or must:
    He had better do what he is told. You had best bring a raincoat in this weather.
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have done with
  • To stop; cease:
    Have done with your quibbling!.
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(informal) 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.
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have in mind
  • To remember or think of:
    She has your best interests in mind.
  • To intend or be inclined (to do something):
    I have in mind to sell the house.
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have it
  • 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.
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have
  • To be much better than (someone) at a particular endeavor.
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have
  • To act in a hostile manner toward or intend to harm (someone), especially because of a grudge.
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have
  • To have the capacity or disposition to (to do something).
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have it out
  • To settle decisively, especially by means of an argument or a discussion.
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have
  • To fail to be equal or superior to (someone) in a particular way.
  • To know or be able to prove information regarding (someone).
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have (something) coming
  • To deserve what one receives:
    You had that reprimand coming for a very long time.
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have
  • To protect or shield someone from harm, loss, or danger.
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have to do with
  • To be concerned or associated with.
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have a mind to
  • To be inclined to (do something).
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(usage problem) had better
  • To be wise or obliged to; should or must:
    He had better do what he is told. You had best bring a raincoat in this weather.
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have done with
  • To stop; cease:
    Have done with your quibbling!.
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(informal) 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.
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have in mind
  • To remember or think of:
    She has your best interests in mind.
  • To intend or be inclined (to do something):
    I have in mind to sell the house.
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have it
  • 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.
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have
  • To be much better than (someone) at a particular endeavor.
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have
  • To act in a hostile manner toward or intend to harm (someone), especially because of a grudge.
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have
  • To have the capacity or disposition to (to do something).
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have it out
  • To settle decisively, especially by means of an argument or a discussion.
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have
  • To fail to be equal or superior to (someone) in a particular way.
  • To know or be able to prove information regarding (someone).
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have (something) coming
  • To deserve what one receives:
    You had that reprimand coming for a very long time.
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have
  • To protect or shield someone from harm, loss, or danger.
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have to do with
  • To be concerned or associated with.
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have at
  • to attack; strike
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have done
  • to stop; get through; finish
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(informal) have had it
  • to be exhausted, defeated, disgusted, bored, ready to quit, etc.
  • to be no longer popular, useful, accepted, etc.
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have it good
  • to be in comfortable circumstances
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have it off
  • to have sexual intercourse
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have it out
  • to settle an issue, disagreement, etc. by fighting or discussion
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have on
  • to be wearing; be dressed in
  • to fool (someone) by playing on the person's credulity; trick; kid
    You're having me on, aren't you?.
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have to be
  • to be unquestionably or without doubt
    This has to be the best movie of the year.
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have to do with
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to have and to hold
  • to possess for life
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

have a mind to
have (something) coming
have to do with
have a mind to
have (something) coming
have to do with
have it good
have to be
have to do with
to have and to hold

Origin of have

  • Middle English haven from Old English habban kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English haven from Old English habban kap- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English haven, from Old English habban, hafian (“to have”), from Proto-Germanic *habjaną (“to have”), durative of Proto-Germanic *habjaną (“to lift, take up”), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to take, seize, catch”). Cognate with West Frisian hawwe (“to have”), Dutch hebben (“to have”), Low German hebben, hewwen (“to have”), German haben (“to have”), Danish have (“to have”), Swedish hava (“to have”), Icelandic hafa (“to have”), Latin capiō (“take”, verb), Russian хапать (khapat', “to seize”). More at heave.

    From Wiktionary

  • Since there is no common Indo-European root for a transitive possessive verb have (notice that Latin "habeo" is not related to English "have"), Proto-Indo-European probably lacked the have structure. Instead, the third person forms of be were used, with the possessor in dative case, cf. Latin mihi est / sunt, literally to me is / are.

    From Wiktionary