have/hæv; unstressed həv, əv; for 26. usually hæf/USA pronunciationv. and auxiliary v., pres. sing. 1st and 2nd pers.have,3rdhas; pres. pl.have; past and past part.had; pres. part.hav•ing,n. v.[~ + object]
to possess; own; hold for use; contain:[not: be + ~-ing]I have very little property. She has green eyes.
to accept in some relation:[not: be + ~-ing]He wants to marry her, if she'll have him.
to get; receive; take:[not: be + ~-ing]I have some bad news.
to gain possession of:[not: be + ~-ing]There are no apples to be had at that price.
to experience, undergo, suffer, or endure:Have a good time; had a bad cold.[not: be + ~-ing][~ + object + verb-ed/-en]He had several cars stolen from him.[~ + object + root form of verb]It would be nice to have my children speak Italian.[~ + object + verb-ing]had the children speaking Italian in no time.
to cause to be done or to happen, as by command or invitation: [~ + object + root form of verb]Have him come here at five.[~ + object + verb-ed/-en]We were having the kitchen redone.[~ + object + verb-ing]She had me running back and forth all day.
to hold or put in a certain position or situation:[~ + object + verb-ed/-en; not: be + ~-ing]The problem had me stumped.
[not: be + ~-ing] to be responsible for:She has a lot of homework.[~ + object + to + verb]I have a letter to write.
to hold in mind, sight, etc.:They were having doubts about his abilities.
to be in a certain relation to:[not: be + ~-ing]She has three cousins.
to show in action or words:[not: be + ~-ing]She had the nerve to refuse my invitation.
to be distinguished by; characterized by:[not: be + ~-ing]This wool has a silky texture.
to engage in; carry on:to have a conversation.
to eat or drink:We had cake for dessert.
to permit; allow:I will not have any talking during the concert.
The word have is used with certain subjects, such as rumor, gossip, and talk, to mean that the following statement is an opinion or states a fact:[often: ~ + it + (that) clause; not: be + ~-ing]Rumor has it that she's moving.
The word have is used with certain subjects, such as I, we, you, one, and they, to mean much the same thing as the expression "there is'' or "there are,'' namely, that the object after have exists, or that the object is under consideration for discussion:Let's see what we have here (= Let's see what there is here).
Do not use the word there with the verb have for this meaning; there is used with the verb be to mean "exist.''
to beget or give birth to:going to have a baby.
to hold an advantage over:[not: be + ~-ing]He has you there.
to outwit; deceive; cheat:We'd been had by a con artist.
to exercise; display; show:Have pity on them.
to invite or cause to be present as a companion or guest:We had friends over for dinner.
to engage in sexual relations with.
The verb have is used as an auxiliary verb with a past participle of another verb to form:
the present perfect tense, which, esp. with adverbs such as just, already, and since, shows that an action happened in the past, esp. the recent past, or its effects are still felt at the time of speaking or writing:I have just eaten (= I ate in the very recent past). I've known her ever since she came to the United States (= I knew her when she came to the United States, and I still know her now).
the past perfect tense, which shows that the action of that verb happened earlier in time than another verb:By the time the police came to the house, the crooks had already left (= The action of the crooks took place earlier than the action of the police).
The verb have is used with to and the root form of a main verb to mean "must; to be required, compelled, or under obligation'':I have to leave now (= I must leave now).
The verb have is used to stand for or replace another entire verb phrase that contains have in it
when answering a question:Have you been there before? —No, I haven't.
when asking for agreement from the listener:We've been there before, haven't we?
have(hav; unstressed həv, əv; for 26. usually haf ),USA pronunciationv.andauxiliary v., pres. sing. 1st pers.have,2ndhave or (Archaic) hast,3rdhas or (Archaic) hath,pres. pl.have* past sing. 1st pers.had,2ndhad or (Archaic) ) hadstorhad•dest,3rdhad,past pl.had; past part.had; pres. part.hav•ing,n. v.t.
to possess; own; hold for use; contain:He has property. The work has an index.
to hold, possess, or accept in some relation, as of kindred or relative position:He wanted to marry her, but she wouldn't have him.
to get, receive, or take:to have a part in a play; to have news.
to experience, undergo, or endure, as joy or pain:Have a good time. He had a heart attack last year.
to hold in mind, sight, etc.:to have doubts.
to cause to, as by command or invitation:Have him come here at five.
to be related to or be in a certain relation to:She has three cousins. He has a kind boss.
to show or exhibit in action or words:She had the crust to refuse my invitation.
to be identified or distinguished by; possess the characteristic of:He has a mole on his left cheek. This wood has a silky texture.
to engage in or carry on:to have a talk; to have a fight.
to partake of; eat or drink:He had cake and coffee for dessert.
to permit or allow:I will not have any talking during the concert.
to assert, maintain, or represent as being:Rumor has it that she's going to be married.
to know, understand, or be skilled in:to have neither Latin nor Greek.
to beget or give birth to:to have a baby.
to hold an advantage over:He has you there.
to outwit, deceive, or cheat:We realized we'd been had by an expert con artist.
to control or possess through bribery; bribe.
to gain possession of:There is none to be had at that price.
to hold or put in a certain position or situation:The problem had me stumped. They had him where they wanted him.
to exercise, display, or make use of:Have pity on him.
to invite or cause to be present as a companion or guest:We had Evelyn and Everett over for dinner. He has his bodyguard with him at all times.
to engage in sexual intercourse with.
to be in possession of money or wealth:There are some who have and some who have not.
(used with a past participle to form perfect tenses):She has gone. It would have been an enjoyable party if he hadn't felt downcast.
to be required, compelled, or under obligation (fol. by infinitival to, with or without a main verb):I have to leave now. I didn't want to study, but I had to.
Idiomshad better or best, ought to:You'd better go now, it's late.
Idiomshad rather. See rather (def. 8).
have at, to go at vigorously; attack:First he decided to have at his correspondence.
Idiomshave done, to cease; finish:It seemed that they would never have done with their struggle.
Idiomshave had it:
to become weary of or disgusted with whatever one has been doing:I've been working like a fool, but now I've had it.
to suffer defeat; fail:He was a great pitcher, but after this season he'll have had it.
to have missed a last opportunity:He refused to take any more excuses and told them all that they'd had it.
to become unpopular or passé:Quiz shows have had it.
Idiomshave it coming, to merit or deserve:When they lost their fortune, everyone said that they had it coming.
Idiomshave it in for, to plan or wish to do something unpleasant to; hold a grudge against:She has it in for intelligent students who fail to use their abilities.
Idiomshave it out, to come to an understanding or decision through discussion or combat:We've been in disagreement about this for a long time, and I think we should have it out, once and for all.
to be clothed in; be wearing:She had on a new dress.
to have arranged or planned:What do you have on for Christmas?
to tease (a person); make the butt of a joke. Cf. put (def. 34).
Idiomshave to do with:
to be connected or associated with:Your lack of confidence probably had a lot to do with your not getting the job.
to deal with; be concerned with:I will have nothing to do with their personal squabbles.
Idiomsto have and to hold, to possess legally; have permanent possession of:The house, with the mortgage finally paid, was at last their own to have and to hold.
Usually, haves. an individual or group that has wealth, social position, or other material benefits (contrasted with have-not).
bef. 900; Middle English haven,habben, Old English habban; cognate with German haben, Old Norse hafa, Gothic haban to have; perh. akin to heave
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedHave,hold,occupy,own,possess mean to be, in varying degrees, in possession of something. Have, being the most general word, admits of the widest range of application:to have money, rights, discretion, a disease, a glimpse, an idea; to have a friend's umbrella.To hold is to have in one's grasp or one's control, but not necessarily as one's own:to hold stakes.To occupy is to hold and use, but not necessarily by any right of ownership:to occupy a chair, a house, a position.To own is to have the full rights of property in a thing, which, however, another may be holding or enjoying:to own a house that is rented to tenants.Possess is a more formal equivalent for own and suggests control, and often occupation, of large holdings:to possess vast territories.
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged obtain, gain, secure, procure.