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  • v. Present participle of have.
  • n. Something owned; possession; goods; estate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Possession; goods; estate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Covetous; grasping.
  • n. The act or state of possessing.
  • n. That which is had or owned; possessions; goods; estate.
  • n. (hā′ ving). Behavior; conduct; especially, good behavior; good manners; good breeding: now usually in the plural.


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  • All of these things -- having been a soldier, a student, a civil servant, a petty bourgeois vendor, an admirer of the monarchy, or having been related to someone with such characteristics -- was called “having a tendency” or a “trend.

    The Death Toll in Cambodia: Quantifying Crimes Against Humanity (Craig Etcheson)

  • PER SPECT 'IVE, (PER, _through_; SPECT, _to see_; IVE, _having the power_,) having the power to see through; a view through.

    Sanders' Union Fourth Reader

  • It is formed by placing _having_ before the perfect participle; as, _having ruled, having been ruled: "Having written_ the letter, he mailed it."

    English Grammar in Familiar Lectures

  • The forms in question -- _seeing, having seen, being seen, having been seen_, and _having been seeing_, for instance -- are now made from the verb in precisely the same way when partaking the nature of the noun as when partaking the nature of the adjective.

    Higher Lessons in English A work on english grammar and composition

  • For isn't it _having_ a thing to understand it -- more than it's having it to really have it and not understand?

    The Glory of the Conquered The Story of a Great Love

  • But having found a thing or things essential for his subject, and well computed the for and against, he will in very deed set down such thing or things, nothing doubting, —having, we may say, the fear of God before his eyes, and no other fear whatever.

    Paras. 1-24

  • Who has not experienced the consciousness of having _felt the thing before_ -- _having thought it some time in the dim past?

    A Series of Lessons in Gnani Yoga

  • Not in having 'no business' with men, but in having no unjust business with them, and in _having_ all manner of true and just business, can either his or their blessedness be found possible, and this waste world become, for both parties, a home and peopled garden.

    Past and Present

  • I was told of a man who, having stolen from a church the silver box containing the consecrated wafers, returned the wafers next day in a letter to the Curé of the Parish, _having used one of them to seal his envelop_.

    The Diary of an Ennuyée

  • On the other hand we have a generous, high-spirited race of our own blood, and migrating from our own soil, who having been unfairly treated, and _having just grounds_ of complaint against the mother-country, have nevertheless forgotten their own wrongs, and, to a mail, flown to arms, willing to shed their blood in defence of the mother-country.

    Diary in America, Series Two


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