What does Have mean?

Definitions for Have
hæv; unstressed həv, əv; for 26 usually hæfhave

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Have.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rich person, wealthy person, haveverb

    a person who possesses great material wealth

  2. have, have got, holdverb

    have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

    "She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

  3. have, featureverb

    have as a feature

    "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

  4. experience, receive, have, getverb

    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

    "get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"

  5. own, have, possessverb

    have ownership or possession of

    "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"

  6. get, let, haveverb

    cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition

    "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let me in for a big surprise"; "He got a girl into trouble"

  7. consume, ingest, take in, take, haveverb

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly

    "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

  8. haveverb

    have a personal or business relationship with someone

    "have a postdoc"; "have an assistant"; "have a lover"

  9. hold, throw, have, make, giveverb

    organize or be responsible for

    "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"

  10. haveverb

    have left

    "I have two years left"; "I don't have any money left"; "They have two more years before they retire"

  11. haveverb

    be confronted with

    "What do we have here?"; "Now we have a fine mess"

  12. have, experienceverb


    "The stocks had a fast run-up"

  13. haveverb

    suffer from; be ill with

    "She has arthritis"

  14. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, makeverb

    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

    "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"

  15. accept, take, haveverb

    receive willingly something given or offered

    "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"

  16. receive, haveverb

    get something; come into possession of

    "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"

  17. suffer, sustain, have, getverb

    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

    "She suffered a fracture in the accident"; "He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars"; "She got a bruise on her leg"; "He got his arm broken in the scuffle"

  18. have, get, makeverb

    achieve a point or goal

    "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day"

  19. give birth, deliver, bear, birth, haveverb

    cause to be born

    "My wife had twins yesterday!"

  20. take, haveverb

    have sex with; archaic use

    "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"


  1. haveverb

    To possess, own, hold.

  2. haveverb

    To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).

  3. haveverb

    To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.

  4. haveverb

    Used in forming the perfect aspect and the past perfect aspect.

  5. haveverb


  6. haveverb

    To give birth to.

  7. haveverb

    To engage in sexual intercourse with.

    He's always bragging about how many women he's had.

  8. haveverb

    (transitive with bare infinitive) To cause to, by a command or request.

    They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.

  9. haveverb

    (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To cause to be.

  10. haveverb

    (transitive with bare infinitive) To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)

  11. haveverb

    (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To depict as being.

  12. haveverb

    Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below)

  13. haveverb

    To defeat in a fight; take.

  14. haveverb

    To be able to speak a language.

    I have no German

  15. haveverb

    To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.

    Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.

  16. haveverb

    To be afflicted with, to suffer from, to experience something negative

  17. haveverb

    To trick, to deceive

    Yeah! You had me alright! Between your threatening stance and your armed-to-the-teeth men, I never would've thought that was just a joke.

  18. haveverb


  19. Etymology: From haven, from habban, hafian, from habjanan, durative of habjanan, from kap-. Cognate with hawwe, hebben, hebben, hewwen, haben, have, hava, hafa, capio. More at heave.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Han

    for have, in the plural.

    Edmund Spenser.

  2. To Haveverb

    pret. and part. pass. had.

    Etymology: haban, Gothick; habban , Saxon; hebben, Dutch; avoir, French; avere, Ital.

    I have brought him before you, that after examination had I might have something to write. Acts xxv. 26.

    Upon the mast they saw a young man, who sat as on horseback, having nothing upon him. Philip Sidney.

    I have no Levite to my priest. Judg. xvii. 13.

    He that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack. Ex. xvi. 18.

    I will never trust a man again for keeping his sword clean; nor believe he can have every thing in him, by wearing his apparel neatly. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    Now, O Father, glorify me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. Jo. xvii. 5.

    A secret happiness, in Petronius, is called curiosa felicitas, and which I suppose he had from the feliciter audere of Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Dryden.

    Have I need of madmen, that ye have brought this fellow? 1 Sa. xxi. 15.

    With tossing and raking, and setting on cox,
    Grass lately in swathes is meat for an oxe;
    That done, go and cart it, and have it away. Thomas Tusser, Husb.

    I would fain have any one name to me that tongue, that any one can speak as he should do, by the rules of grammar. John Locke, on Education.

    I cannot speak; if my heart be not ready to burst. Well, sweet Jack, have a care of thyself. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Your plea is good; but still I say beware:
    Laws are explain’d by men; so have a care. Alexander Pope.

    Of the maid servants shall I be had in honour. 2 Sa. vi. 22.

    The proud have had me greatly in derision. Ps. cxix. 51.

    Sometimes they will have them to be natural heat, whereas some of them are crude and cold; and sometimes they will have them to be the qualities of the tangible parts, whereas they are things by themselves. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    You have of these pedlars that have more in ’em than you’d think, sister. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    What would these madmen have?
    First they would bribe us without pence,
    Deceive us without common sense,
    And without pow’r enslave. Dryden.

    If I had been married to him, for all he was in woman’s apparel, I would not have had him. William Shakespeare.

    If we maintain things that are established, we have to strive with a number of heavy prejudices, deeply rooted in the hearts of men. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 1.

    The Spaniards captain never hath to meddle with his soldiers pay. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    You did set your course to treat of the evils which hindered the peace and good ordering of that land, among which that of the inconvenience of the laws was the first which you had in hand. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Kings have to deal with their neighbours, their wives, their children, their prelates or clergy, their nobles, their merchants and their commons. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Ps. lxxxiv. 10.

    I would have no man discouraged with that kind of life or series of actions, in which the choice of others, or his own necessities, may have engaged him. Addison.

    If these trifles were rated only by art and artfulness, we should have them much cheaper. Jeremy Collier, on human Reason.

    If there had been words enow between them to have expressed provocation, they had gone together by the ears. William Congreve.

    I have heard one of the greatest genius’s this age has produced, who had been trained up in all the polite studies of antiquity, assure me, upon his being obliged to search into records, that he at last took an incredible pleasure in it. Addison.

    I have not here considered custom as it makes things easy, but as it renders them delightful; and though others have made the same reflections, it is impossible they may not have drawn those uses from it. Addison.

    That admirable precept which Pythagoras is said to have given to his disciples, and which that philosopher must have drawn from the observation I have enlarged upon. Addison.

    The gods have placed labour before virtue. Addison.

    This observation we have made on man. Addison.

    Evil spirits have contracted in the body habits of lust and sensuality, malice and revenge. Addison.

    There torments have already taken root in them. Addison.

    It has been finely improved by many divines. Addison.

    That excellent author has shewn how every particular custom and habit of virtue will, in its own nature, produce the heaven, or a state of happiness, in him who shall hereafter practise it. Addison.

    He that will caper with me for a thousand marks, let him lend me the money, and have at him. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    I can bear my part; ’tis my occupation: have at it with you. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    I never was out at a mad frolick, though this is the maddest I ever undertook: have with you, lady mine; I take you at your word. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.


  1. have

    The general definition of "have" is to possess, hold, or own something. It can also refer to experiencing or engaging in a particular experience, activity, or state. Additionally, it can indicate the act of being in control or authority over something or having a certain characteristic or quality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. have

    of Have

  2. have

    of Have

  3. Haveverb

    to hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm

  4. Haveverb

    to possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one

  5. Haveverb

    to accept possession of; to take or accept

  6. Haveverb

    to get possession of; to obtain; to get

  7. Haveverb

    to cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require

  8. Haveverb

    to bear, as young; as, she has just had a child

  9. Haveverb

    to hold, regard, or esteem

  10. Haveverb

    to cause or force to go; to take

  11. Haveverb

    to take or hold (one's self); to proceed promptly; -- used reflexively, often with ellipsis of the pronoun; as, to have after one; to have at one or at a thing, i. e., to aim at one or at a thing; to attack; to have with a companion

  12. Haveverb

    to be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive

  13. Haveverb

    to understand

  14. Haveverb

    to put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Have

    hav, v.t. to own or possess: to hold, contain: to hold control of: to grasp the meaning of: to allow to be done, to cause: to regard, hold in opinion, esteem: to obtain: to enjoy: to bear or beget: to effect: to be affected by: to get the better of, outwit, to have hold upon:—pr.p. hav′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. had.—ns. Hav′er, one who has or possesses, a holder: (Scots law) a term to denote the person in whose custody a document is; Hav′ing, act of possessing: possession, estate: behaviour: (Scot. esp. in pl.) good manners.—adj. greedy.—Have as good, lief, to be as willing; Have at, attack, thrust; Have done (with), to come to the end of one's dealings; Have it out, to have something finally settled; Have on, to wear; Have rather, to prefer; Have up, to call to account before a court of justice, &c. [A.S. habban, pa.t. hæfde, pa.p. gehæfd; Ger. haben, Dan. have.]

Editors Contribution

  1. have

    Able to use.

    We all have feel very grateful for the love that we have for each other.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 10, 2020  

  2. have

    To receive.

    They chose to have dinner outdoors at the patio on their new furniture.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

  3. have

    To take.

    She did have cream sometimes with her coffee.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Have' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #27

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Have' in Written Corpus Frequency: #20

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Have' in Verbs Frequency: #2

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Have in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Have in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Have in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    House Intelligence Committee has, in a sense, hijacked what should have been an uncontroversial straightforward review of congressional transcripts to identify and redact any classified information, and attempted to expand it into an unsolicited after the fact review for information purportedly protected by executive privilege.

  2. Juda Engelmayer:

    If it is a coincidence, then it couldn’t have been planned better from a public relations and marketing point of view, it has created even more buzz.

  3. Robert Wallack:

    She was running around without clothes on and then she passed out and it was said she passed out from mixing Ambien with alcohol. Our concerns are whether Ms. Frankel may have some type of substance abuse problems so we would ask the court to order drug testing of Ms. Frankel to find out whether that’s an issue.

  4. Biblical Proverb:

    Don't run too far, you will have to return the same distance.

  5. Di Maio:

    It's being called a populist government. Some have said it's a threat to the people, some say it's a threat to Europe ... but it's not Europe that's under threat.

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