Word forms: has (WEAK həz
, STRONG hæz
, had (WEAK həd
, STRONG hæd
DefinitionsFor meanings [sense 1]-, [sense 4], people often use have got in spoken British English or have gotten in spoken American English, instead of have. In this case, have is pronounced as an auxiliary verb. For more information and examples of the use of 'have got' and 'have gotten', see , got.Please look at categories [sense 19] and , [sense 20] to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.
1. verb [no passive]
You use have to say that someone or something owns a particular thing, or when you are mentioning one of their qualities or characteristics. [V n] ⇒ Oscar had a new bicycle. [V n] ⇒ I want to have my own business. [V n] ⇒ She had no job and no money. [V n] ⇒ You have beautiful eyes. [V n] ⇒ Her house had a balcony. [V n] ⇒ Do you have any brothers and sisters? [V n] ⇒ I have a good friend who's a teacher. [V n] ⇒ I have no doubt at all in my own mind about this. [V n] ⇒ I just had a feeling that it was Santero on the telephone. [V n adv/prep] ⇒ Have you any valuables anywhere else in the house? [V n adv/prep] ⇒ I have my microphone with me.
2. verb [no passive] If you have something to do, you are responsible for doing it or must do it. [V n to-inf] ⇒ He had plenty of work to do. [V n to-inf] ⇒ I have some important calls to make. 3. verb [no passive] You can use have instead of 'there is' to say that something exists or happens. For example, you can say 'you have no alternative' instead of 'there is no alternative', or 'he had a good view from his window' instead of 'there was a good view from his window'. [V n] ⇒ He had two tenants living with him. [V n] ⇒ We haven't any shops on the island. [V n] ⇒ First we had clock-radios, now there's the clock-radio-telephone. [V n] ⇒ You have a lot of people that are very upset with what happened. 4. verb [no passive]
If you have something such as a part of your body in a particular position or state, it is in that position or state. [V n adj/adv/prep] ⇒ Mary had her eyes closed. [V n adj/adv/prep] ⇒ They had the curtains open. [V n adj/adv/prep] ⇒ He had his shirt buttoned. [V n adj/adv/prep] ⇒ As I was working, I had the radio on. [V n adj/adv/prep] ⇒ He had his hand on Maria's shoulder.
5. verb [no passive]
If you have something done, someone does it for you or you arrange for it to be done. [V n -ed] ⇒ I had your rooms cleaned and aired. [V n -ed] ⇒ They had him killed. [V n -ed] ⇒ You've had your hair cut, it looks great. [V n -ed] ⇒ I don't think most nine-year-olds have their teeth brushed.
6. verb [no passive] If someone has something unpleasant happen to them, it happens to them. [V n -ed] ⇒ We had our money stolen. [V n -ed] ⇒ The dance hall once even had its roof blown off in World War II. 7. verb [no passive] If you have someone do something, you persuade, cause, or order them to do it. [V n inf] ⇒ If you happen to talk to him, have him call me. [V n inf] ⇒ The bridge is not as impressive as some guides would have you believe. [V n v-ing] ⇒ Mr Gower had had us all working so hard. 8. verb [no passive] If someone has you by a part of your body, they are holding you there and they are trying to hurt you or force you to go somewhere. [V n + by] ⇒ When the police came, Larry had him by the ear and was beating his head against the pavement. 9. verb [no passive]
If you have something from someone, they give it to you. [V n] ⇒ You can have my ticket. [V n] ⇒ Can I have your name please? [V n] ⇒ We have had some help from the Government. [V n] ⇒ I had comments from people in all age groups.
10. verb [no passive] If you have an illness or disability, you suffer from it. [V n] ⇒ I had a headache. [V n] ⇒ He might be having a heart attack. [V n] ⇒ She has epilepsy. 11. verb [no passive] If a woman has a baby, she gives birth to it. If she is having a baby, she is pregnant. [V n] ⇒ My wife has just had a baby boy. [V n] ⇒ She's having another baby. 12. verb [with neg] You can use have in expressions such as 'I won't have it' or 'I'm not having that', to mean that you will not allow or put up with something. [V n] ⇒ She wanted to be alone. They wouldn't have it. [V n] ⇒ I'm not having any of that nonsense. [V n v-ing] ⇒ I will not have the likes of you dragging down my reputation.
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