have
I. verb (had; having; has) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English habban; akin to Old High German habēn to have, and perhaps to hevan to lift — more at heave Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to hold or maintain as a possession, privilege, or entitlement <
they have a new car
>
<
I have my rights
>
b. to hold in one's use, service, regard, or at one's disposal <
the group will have enough tickets for everyone
>
<
we don't have time to stay
>
c. to hold, include, or contain as a part or whole <
the car has power brakes
>
<
April has 30 days
>
2. to feel obligation in regard to — usually used with an infinitive with to <
we have things to do
>
<
have a deadline to meet
>
3. to stand in a certain relationship to <
has three fine children
>
<
we will have the wind at our backs
>
4. a. to acquire or get possession of ; obtain <
these shoes are the best to be had
>
b. receive <
had news
>
c. accept; specifically to accept in marriage d. to copulate with 5. a. to be marked or characterized by (a quality, attribute, or faculty) <
both have red hair
>
<
has a way with words
>
b. exhibit, show <
had the gall to refuse
>
c. use, exercise <
have mercy on us
>
6. a. to experience especially by submitting to, undergoing, or suffering <
I have a cold
>
b. to make the effort to perform (an action) or engage in (an activity) <
have a look at that cut
>
c. to entertain in the mind <
have an opinion
>
7. a. to cause or command to do something — used with the infinitive without to <
have the children stay
>
b. to cause to be in a certain place or state <
has people around at all times
>
8. allow <
we'll have no more of that
>
9. to be competent in <
has only a little French
>
10. a. to hold in a position of disadvantage or certain defeat <
we have him now
>
b. to take advantage of ; trick, fool <
been had by a partner
>
11. bear 2a <
have a baby
>
12. to partake of <
have dinner
>
<
have a piece
>
13. bribe, suborn <
can be had for a price
>
verbal auxiliary 1. — used with the past participle to form the present perfect, past perfect, or future perfect <
has gone home
>
<
had already eaten
>
<
will have finished dinner by then
>
2. to be compelled, obliged, or required — used with an infinitive with to or to alone <
we had to go
>
<
do what you have to
>
<
it has to be said
>
II. noun Date: 1836 one that is well-endowed especially in material wealth

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Have — (h[a^]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Had} (h[a^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Having}. Indic. present, I {have}, thou {hast}, he {has}; we, ye, they {have}.] [OE. haven, habben, AS. habben (imperf. h[ae]fde, p. p. geh[ae]fd); akin to OS. hebbian, D. hebben,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • have — (h[a^]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Had} (h[a^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Having}. Indic. present, I {have}, thou {hast}, he {has}; we, ye, they {have}.] [OE. haven, habben, AS. habben (imperf. h[ae]fde, p. p. geh[ae]fd); akin to OS. hebbian, D. hebben,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • have — (h[a^]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Had} (h[a^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Having}. Indic. present, I {have}, thou {hast}, he {has}; we, ye, they {have}.] [OE. haven, habben, AS. habben (imperf. h[ae]fde, p. p. geh[ae]fd); akin to OS. hebbian, D. hebben,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • have — See: CAT HAS NINE LIVES, ONE S CAKE AND HAVE IT TOO, EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING, EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY, HAVE NOTHING ON or HAVE ANYTHING ON, LITTLE PITCHERS HAVE BIG EARS, or an important word after this in the sentence …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have — See: CAT HAS NINE LIVES, ONE S CAKE AND HAVE IT TOO, EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING, EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY, HAVE NOTHING ON or HAVE ANYTHING ON, LITTLE PITCHERS HAVE BIG EARS, or an important word after this in the sentence …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • HÂVE — adj. des deux genres Qui est pâle et défait. Avoir le visage hâve. Il était horriblement hâve. Teint hâve …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • HÂVE — adj. des deux genres (H s aspire.) Pâle, maigre et défiguré. Avoir le visage hâve. Il était horriblement hâve …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • have — or[get] or[develop a crush on] {v. phr.} To be infatuated with someone. * /Walter has a terrible crush on his English teacher, but she is a lot older and doesn t take it seriously./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have — or[hold the whip over] {v. phr.} To control; dominate. * /Eugene has always held the whip over his younger brothers and sisters./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • have — or[get] or[develop a crush on] {v. phr.} To be infatuated with someone. * /Walter has a terrible crush on his English teacher, but she is a lot older and doesn t take it seriously./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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