- used with he, she, it, or a singular noun:
a form of the present tense (indicative mood) of have
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
a 3rd pers. sing. pres. indic. of have.
pres. pl. have;
past and past part. had;
pres. part. hav•ing,n.
v. [~ + object]
hold for use;
contain:I have very little property. She has green eyes.
take:I have some bad news.
carry on:to have a conversation.
not: be + ~-ing] The word have is used with certain subjects, such as rumor, gossip, and talk, to mean that the following statement is an opinion or states a fact:Rumor has it that she's moving.
cheat:We'd been had by a con artist.
show:Have pity on them.
- the present perfect tense, which, esp. with adverbs such as just, already, and since, shows that an action happened in the past, esp. the recent past, or its effects are still felt at the time of speaking or writing:I have just eaten (= I ate in the very recent past). I've known her ever since she came to the United States ( = I knew her when she came to the United States, and I still know her now).
- the past perfect tense, which shows that the action of that verb happened earlier in time than another verb:By the time the police came to the house, the crooks had already left (= The action of the crooks took place earlier than the action of the police).
- when answering a question:Have you been there before? —No, I haven't.
- when asking for agreement from the listener:We've been there before, haven't we?
- Idiomshave done with, [ ~ + obj] to cease; finish:It seemed that they would never have done with their problems.
- [~ ( + with + object)] to be tired and disgusted:I've had it with your excuses.
- [no object] to be ready for discarding, as something old or no longer useful or popular:These old computers have had it.
- Idiomshave it coming, [~ ( + to + object)] to deserve whatever one receives:We weren't surprised by his sudden fall from power; he had it coming to him for a long time.
- have it in one, to show (the ability or capability mentioned):She never knew he had it in him to be so funny.
- Idiomshave it in for, [~ + object] to wish harm to:certain the boss had it in for her.
- Idiomshave it out, [~ ( + with + object)] to reach an understanding through fighting or arguing freely:had it out with his critics.
- [not: be + ~-ing] to wear: [~ + object + on]She had a bathing suit on.[~ + on + object]He had on a wrinkled old shirt.
- [not: be + ~-ing] to have (something) switched on: [~ + object + on]They had their music on very loud.[~ + on + object]He had on the vacuum cleaner so he didn't hear the bell.
- [ ~ + obj + on][Chiefly Brit.]to tease or fool (a person):We were having him on about the award.
- to be associated with:Your ambition had a lot to do with your success.
- to deal with:I won't have anything to do with her until she apologizes.
- to be in material possession of; own: he has two cars
- to possess as a characteristic quality or attribute: he has dark hair
- to receive, take, or obtain: she had a present from him, have a look
- to hold or entertain in the mind: to have an idea
- to possess a knowledge or understanding of: I have no German
- to experience or undergo: to have a shock
- to be infected with or suffer from: to have a cold
- to gain control of or advantage over: you have me on that point
- (usually passive) slang to cheat or outwit: he was had by that dishonest salesman
- (followed by on) to exhibit (mercy, compassion, etc, towards)
- to engage or take part in: to have a conversation
- to arrange, carry out, or hold: to have a party
- to cause, compel, or require to (be, do, or be done): have my shoes mended
- (takes an infinitive with to) used as an auxiliary to express compulsion or necessity: I had to run quickly to escape him
- to eat, drink, or partake of
- slang to have sexual intercourse with
- (used with a negative) to tolerate or allow: I won't have all this noise
- to declare, state, or assert: rumour has it that they will marry
- to put or place: I'll have the sofa in this room
- to receive as a guest: to have three people to stay
- to beget or bear (offspring)
- (takes a past participle) used as an auxiliary to form compound tenses expressing completed action: I have gone, I shall have gone, I would have gone, I had gone
- had rather, had sooner ⇒ to consider or find preferable that: I had rather you left at once
- have had it ⇒ informal to be exhausted, defeated, or killed
- to have lost one's last chance
- to become unfashionable
- have it away, have it off ⇒ Brit slang to have sexual intercourse
- have it so good ⇒ to have so many benefits, esp material benefits
- have to do with ⇒ to have dealings or associate with
- to be of relevance to
- let someone have it ⇒ slang to launch or deliver an attack on, esp to discharge a firearm at someone
- (usually plural) a person or group of people in possession of wealth, security, etc: the haves and the have-nots
See also have at, have onEtymology: Old English habban; related to Old Norse hafa, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German habēn, Latin habēre