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Definitions of had

had  (hæd



  1. the past tense and past participle of have

have  (hæv



Word forms:   has,  having,  had
(mainly transitive)
  1. to be in material possession of; own   ⇒ he has two cars
  2. to possess as a characteristic quality or attribute   ⇒ he has dark hair
  3. to receive, take, or obtain   ⇒ she had a present from him,   ⇒ have a look
  4. to hold or entertain in the mind   ⇒ to have an idea
  5. to possess a knowledge or understanding of   ⇒ I have no German
  6. to experience or undergo   ⇒ to have a shock
  7. to be infected with or suffer from   ⇒ to have a cold
  8. to gain control of or advantage over   ⇒ you have me on that point
  9. (usually passive) (slang) to cheat or outwit   ⇒ he was had by that dishonest salesman
  10. (followed by on) to exhibit (mercy, compassion, etc, towards)   ⇒ have mercy on us, Lord
  11. to engage or take part in   ⇒ to have a conversation
  12. to arrange, carry out, or hold   ⇒ to have a party
  13. to cause, compel, or require to (be, do, or be done)   ⇒ have my shoes mended
  14. (takes an infinitive with to) used as an auxiliary to express compulsion or necessity   ⇒ I had to run quickly to escape him
  15. to eat, drink, or partake of   ⇒ to have a good meal
  16. (slang) to have sexual intercourse with   ⇒ he had her on the sofa
  17. (used with a negative) to tolerate or allow   ⇒ I won't have all this noise
  18. to declare, state, or assert   ⇒ rumour has it that they will marry
  19. to put or place   ⇒ I'll have the sofa in this room
  20. to receive as a guest   ⇒ to have three people to stay
  21. to beget or bear (offspring)   ⇒ she had three children
  22. (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
  23. See had better

  24. See had rather

  25. See have done

  26. See have had it

  27. See have it

  28. See have it away

  29. See have it coming

  30. See have it in for

  31. See have it so good

  32. See have to do with

  33. See I have it

  34. See let someone have it

  35. See not having any


  1. (usually plural) a person or group of people in possession of wealth, security, etc   ⇒ the haves and the have-nots

Word Origin

Old English habban; related to Old Norse hafa, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German habēn, Latin habēre


View thesaurus entry
= own, keep, possess, hold, retain, occupy, boast, be the owner of
= ask to, make, compel, direct to, persuade to, induce to, enjoin to
= get, obtain, take, receive, accept, gain, secure, acquire, procure, take receipt of
= suffer, experience, undergo, sustain, endure, be suffering from
= give birth to, bear, deliver, bring forth, beget, bring into the world
= put up with (informal), allow, permit, consider, think about, entertain, tolerate
= include, comprises, contain, consist of, incorporate, be made up of
= consume, drink, eat, neck (slang), down (informal), devour, quaff
= organize, plan, hold, arrange, lay on, jack up (New Zealand) (informal)
= entertain, receive, invite, wine and dine
= experience, go through, undergo, meet with, come across, run into, be faced with
= trick, fool, take in (informal), cheat, stiff (slang), deceive, dupe, swindle, outwit

Example Sentences Including 'had'

She had very dark blue eyes that were almost black, like Marianne's.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
He certainly didn't look like his wife had just been killed.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Then flipping idly through my Filofax I noticed the card Charlotte Fisher had given me at the gallery.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)


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