(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
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.