from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be in possession of: already had a car.
  • transitive v. To possess as a characteristic, quality, or function: has a beard; had a great deal of energy.
  • transitive v. To possess or contain as a constituent part: a car that has air bags.
  • transitive v. To occupy a particular relation to: had many disciples.
  • transitive v. To possess knowledge of or facility in: has very little Spanish.
  • transitive v. To hold in the mind; entertain: had doubts about their loyalty.
  • transitive v. To use or exhibit in action: have compassion.
  • transitive v. To come into possession of; acquire: Not one copy of the book was to be had in the entire town.
  • transitive v. To receive; get: I had a letter from my cousin.
  • transitive v. To accept; take: I'll have the peas instead of the spinach.
  • transitive v. To suffer from: have defective vision.
  • transitive v. To be subject to the experience of: had a difficult time last winter.
  • transitive v. To cause to do something, as by persuasion or compulsion: had my assistant run the errand.
  • transitive v. To cause to be in a specified place or state: had the guests in the dining room; had everyone fascinated.
  • transitive v. To permit; allow: I won't have that kind of behavior in my house.
  • transitive v. To carry on, perform, or execute: have an argument.
  • transitive v. To place at a disadvantage: Your opponent in the debate had you on every issue.
  • transitive v. Informal To get the better of, especially by trickery or deception: They realized too late that they'd been had by a swindler.
  • transitive v. Informal To influence by dishonest means; bribe: an incorruptible official who could not be had.
  • transitive v. To procreate (offspring): wanted to have a child.
  • transitive v. To give birth to; bear: She's going to have a baby.
  • transitive v. To partake of: have lunch.
  • transitive v. To be obliged to; must: We simply have to get there on time.
  • transitive v. To engage in sexual intercourse with.
  • auxiliary v. 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.
  • n. One enjoying especially material wealth: "Almost overnight, there was a new and widespread hostility on the part of the haves toward the have-nots” ( Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.)
  • have at To attack.
  • have on To wear: had on red shoes.
  • have on To be scheduled: We have a dinner party on for Friday.
  • idiom better Usage Problem 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.
  • idiom have done with To stop; cease: Have done with your quibbling!
  • idiom have had it Informal To have endured all that one can: I've had it with their delays.
  • idiom have had it Informal To be in a state beyond remedy, repair, or salvage: That coat has had it.
  • idiom have had it Informal To have done everything that is possible or that will be permitted.
  • idiom have it To assert; maintain: Rumor has it that he quit.
  • idiom have it To think and act with respect to (something being considered): Have it your way.
  • idiom have it To gain a victory in a voice vote: The ayes have it.
  • idiom have it in for (someone) To intend to harm, especially because of a grudge.
  • idiom have it out To settle decisively, especially by means of an argument or a discussion.
  • idiom have (something) coming To deserve what one receives: You had that reprimand coming for a very long time.
  • idiom have to do with To be concerned or associated with.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To possess, own, hold.
  • v. To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).
  • v. To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.
  • v. Used in forming the perfect aspect and the past perfect aspect.
  • v. must.
  • v. To give birth to.
  • v. To engage in sexual intercourse with.
  • v. To cause to, by a command or request.
  • v. To cause to be.
  • v. To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
  • v. To depict as being.
  • v. Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below)
  • v. To defeat in a fight; take.
  • v. To be able to speak a language.
  • v. To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
  • v. To be afflicted with, to suffer from, to experience something negative
  • v. To trick, to deceive
  • v. Allow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To hold in possession or control; to own.
  • transitive v. To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one.
  • transitive v. To accept possession of; to take or accept.
  • transitive v. To get possession of; to obtain; to get.
  • transitive v. To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require.
  • transitive v. To bear, as young.
  • transitive v. To hold, regard, or esteem.
  • transitive v. To cause or force to go; to take.
  • transitive v. To take or hold (one's self); to proceed promptly; -- used reflexively, often with ellipsis of the pronoun
  • transitive v. To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive.
  • transitive v. To understand.
  • transitive v. To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hold, own, or possess as an appurtenance, property, attribute, or quality; hold in possession: as, to have and to hold.
  • To hold by accepting, receiving, obtaining, gaining, or acquiring in any way; become possessed of or endowed with; be in receipt of; get: as, he has high wages; they have had ten children.
  • To contain or comprise as an adjunct or component part: as, the work has an index; his wit has a spice of malice.
  • To hold for use or disposal, actually or potentially; hold the control over or right to: as, to have the floor (in debate); to have the deal (in card-playing); to have authority.
  • To hold in exercise or consideration; entertain; maintain: as, to have a wish, opinion, or objection; to have a discussion.
  • To possess knowledge of; be acquainted with; take the meaning of; understand.
  • To experience; enjoy or suffer; be affected with: as, to have hospitable entertainment; to have a headache; to have one's wish.
  • To hold in estimation; maintain; regard: followed by in or a clause.
  • To hold in one's power or at a disadvantage.
  • To move or remove; cause or compel to move: often reflexive, with the subject or object, or both, unexpressed: as, have it out of sight.
  • To hold or acknowledge as a duty or necessary thing to do; be under physical or moral compulsion, constraint, necessity, or obligation to do; be obliged: followed by an infinitive with to, with or without a noun or pronoun as object: as, I have a great deal to do; I have to go; he has to refund the money.
  • To bring into possession or use; procure; provide; take.
  • To procure or permit to be or to be done; cause, let, allow, etc.: as, to have one's horse shod; I will not have such conduct.
  • To be: used indefinitely in certain idiomatic expressions and phrases, mentioned below.
  • An auxiliary forming, with the past participle of the principal verb, the compound tenses of verbs (including have), both transitive and intransitive, sometimes with another auxiliary: as, I have or had done it; he will have departed by that time; you should not have gone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have a personal or business relationship with someone
  • v. receive willingly something given or offered
  • v. serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  • v. have ownership or possession of
  • v. have left
  • v. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
  • v. cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
  • v. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  • v. undergo
  • v. suffer from; be ill with
  • v. have sex with; archaic use
  • v. have as a feature
  • v. get something; come into possession of
  • n. a person who possesses great material wealth
  • v. go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  • v. be confronted with
  • v. achieve a point or goal
  • v. cause to be born
  • v. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  • v. organize or be responsible for


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English haven, from Old English habban.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English haven, from Old English habban, hafian ("to have"), from Proto-Germanic *habjanan (“to have”), durative of Proto-Germanic *habjanan (“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", v), Russian хапать (khapat', "to seize"). More at heave.


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