Definition of have verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    have

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//həv//
     
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    ; BrE strong form BrE//hæv//
     
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    (In some senses have got is also used, especially in British English.)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they have
    BrE BrE//həv//
     
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    he / she / it has
    BrE BrE//həz//
     
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    past simple had
    BrE BrE//həd//
     
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    past participle had
    BrE BrE//həd//
     
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    -ing form having
    BrE BrE//ˈhævɪŋ//
     
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    Being ill
     
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    own/hold
  1. 1  (also have got) have something (not used in the progressive tenses) to own, hold or possess something He had a new car and a boat. Have you got a job yet? I don't have that much money on me. She's got a BA in English.
  2. consist of
  3. 2  (also have got) have something (not used in the progressive tenses) be made up of In 2008 the party had 10 000 members.
  4. quality/feature
  5. 3  (also have got) (not used in the progressive tenses) to show a quality or feature have something The ham had a smoky flavour. The house has gas-fired central heating. They have a lot of courage. have something + adj. He's got a front tooth missing.
  6. 4  (also have got) have something to do something (not used in the progressive tenses) to show a particular quality by your actions Surely she didn't have the nerve to say that to him?
  7. relationship
  8. 5  (also have got) have somebody/something (not used in the progressive tenses) used to show a particular relationship He's got three children. Do you have a client named Peters?
  9. something available
  10. 6  (also have got) have something (not used in the progressive tenses) to be able to make use of something because it is available Have you got time to call him? We have no choice in the matter. British/​Americanhave you got? / do you have? Have got is the usual verb in British English to show possession, etc. in positive statements in the present tense, in negative statements and in questions:They’ve got a wonderful house. We haven’t got a television. Have you got a meeting today? Questions and negative statements formed with do are also common:Do you have any brothers and sisters? We don’t have a car. Have is also used but is more formal:I have no objection to your request. Have you an appointment? Some expressions with have are common even in informal language:I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue. In the past tense had is used in positive statements. In negatives and questions, forms with did have are usually used:They had a wonderful house. We didn’t have much time. Did she have her husband with her? In North American English have and forms with do/​does/​did are the usual way to show possession, etc. in positive statements, negatives and questions:They have a wonderful house. We don’t have a television. Do you have a meeting today? Have got is not used in questions, but is used in positive statements, especially to emphasize that somebody has one thing rather than another:‘Does your brother have brown hair?’ ‘No, he’s got blond hair.’ In both British English and North American English have and forms with do/​does and did are used when you are referring to a habit or routine:We don’t often have time to talk.
  11. should/must
  12. 7  (also have got) have something (not used in the progressive tenses) to be in a position where you ought to do something We have a duty to care for the refugees.
  13. 8  (also have got) (not used in the progressive tenses) to be in a position of needing to do something have something I've got a lot of homework tonight. have something to do I must go—I have a bus to catch.
  14. hold
  15. 9  (also have got) have somebody/something + adv./prep. (not used in the progressive tenses) to hold somebody/something in the way mentioned She'd got him by the collar. He had his head in his hands.
  16. put/keep in a position
  17. 10  (also have got) have something + adv./prep. (not used in the progressive tenses) to place or keep something in a particular position Mary had her back to me. I soon had the fish in a net.
  18. feeling/thought
  19. 11  (also have got) have something (not used in the progressive tenses) to let a feeling or thought come into your mind He had the strong impression that someone was watching him. We've got a few ideas for the title. (informal) I've got it! We'll call it ‘Word Magic’.
  20. illness
  21. 12  (also have got) have something (not used in the progressive tenses) to suffer from an illness or a disease I've got a headache. See related entries: Being ill
  22. experience
  23. 13  have something to experience something I went to a few parties and had a good time. I was having difficulty in staying awake. She'll have an accident one day.
  24. event
  25. 14  have something to organize or hold an event Let's have a party.
  26. eat/drink/smoke
  27. 15  have something to eat, drink or smoke something to have breakfast/lunch/dinner I'll have the salmon (= for example, in a restaurant). I had a cigarette while I was waiting.
  28. do something
  29. 16  have something to perform a particular action I had a swim to cool down. (British English) to have a wash/shower/bath
  30. give birth
  31. 17  have somebody/something to give birth to somebody/something She's going to have a baby.
  32. effect
  33. 18  have something to produce a particular effect His paintings had a strong influence on me as a student. The colour green has a restful effect.
  34. receive
  35. 19  have something (not usually used in the progressive tenses) to receive something from somebody I had a letter from my brother this morning. Can I have the bill, please?
  36. 20  have something to be given something; to have something done to you I'm having treatment for my back problem. How many driving lessons have you had so far?
  37. 21  (also have got) have something doing something (not used in the progressive tenses) to experience the effects of somebody’s actions We have orders coming in from all over the world.
  38. have something done
  39. 22  have something done (used with a past participle) to suffer the effects of what somebody else does to you She had her bag stolen.
  40. 23  have something done (used with a past participle) to cause something to be done for you by somebody else You've had your hair cut! We're having our car repaired.
  41. 24to tell or arrange for somebody to do something for you have somebody do something He had the bouncers throw them out of the club. (informal) I'll have you know (= I'm telling you) I'm a black belt in judo. have somebody + adv./prep. She's always having the builders in to do something or other.
  42. allow
  43. 25(used in negative sentences, especially after will not, cannot, etc.) to allow something; to accept something without complaining have something I'm sick of your rudeness—I won't have it any longer! have somebody/something doing something We can't have people arriving late all the time.
  44. put somebody/something in a condition
  45. 26  to cause somebody/something to be in a particular state; to make somebody react in a particular way have somebody/something + adj. I want to have everything ready in good time. have somebody/something doing something He had his audience listening attentively.
  46. in argument
  47. 27(also have got) have somebody (informal) (not used in the progressive tenses) to put somebody at a disadvantage in an argument You've got me there. I hadn't thought of that.
  48. sex
  49. 28have somebody (slang) to have sex with somebody He had her in his office.
  50. trick
  51. 29[usually passive] have somebody (informal) to trick or cheat somebody I'm afraid you've been had.
  52. guests
  53. 30  [no passive] have somebody/something to take care of somebody/something in your home, especially for a limited period We're having the kids for the weekend.
  54. 31  [no passive] have somebody + adv./prep. to entertain somebody in your home We had some friends to dinner last night.
  55. be with
  56. 32  (also have got) have somebody with you (not used in the progressive tenses) to be with somebody She had some friends with her.
  57. for a job
  58. 33[no passive] have somebody as something to take or accept somebody for a particular role Who can we have as treasurer?
  59. Word Origin Old English habban, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hebben and German haben, also probably to heave.Extra examples Have you had breakfast yet? He found out that he had HIV just last year. I don’t have that much money on me. I had a cold yesterday and I couldn’t come to work. I just had a sandwich for lunch. I’ll have the salmon. Let’s have a party to celebrate. Our cat has just had five kittens. She has a BA in English. She’ll have an accident one day. She’s going to have a baby. The car has four-wheel drive. We had a very interesting discussion about climate change. The group consists of/​comprises/​is made up of/​is composed of/​has ten people.Idioms Most idioms containing have are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example have your eye on somebody is at eye n.
    have done with something
     
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    (especially British English) to finish something unpleasant so that it does not continue Let's have done with this silly argument.
    1. 1to be in a very bad condition; to be unable to be repaired The car had had it.
    2. 2to be extremely tired I've had it! I'm going to bed.
    3. 3to have lost all chance of surviving something When the truck smashed into me, I thought I'd had it.
    4. 4to be going to experience something unpleasant Dad saw you scratch the car—you've had it now!
    5. 5to be unable to accept a situation any longer I’ve had it (up to here) with him—he’s done it once too often.
    to claim that it is a fact that… Rumour has it that we'll have a new manager soon.
    have (got) it/that coming (to you)
     
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    to be likely to suffer the unpleasant effects of your actions and to deserve to do so It was no surprise when she left him—everyone knew he had it coming to him.
    have it in for somebody
     
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    (informal) to not like somebody and be unpleasant to them
    have it in you (to do something)
     
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    (informal) to be capable of doing something Everyone thinks he has it in him to produce a literary classic. You were great. I didn't know you had it in you. You spoke really well at that meeting, standing up for us all. I never knew you had it in you.
    have it off/away (with somebody)
     
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    (British English, slang) to have sex with somebody
    have (got) nothing on somebody/something
     
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    (informal) to be not nearly as good as somebody/something see also have (got) something on somebody
    (informal) not willing to listen to or believe something I tried to persuade her to wait but she wasn't having any. (informal) other things, people, etc. of the same kind There's room in the cellar to store old furniture and what have you.
    Phrasal Verbshave somebodybackhave something backhave got something against somebodyhave (got) something inhave somebody onhave (got) something onhave (got) something on somebodyhave something outhave something out (with somebody)have somebody up (for something)
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