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.
rich person, wealthy person, haveverb
a person who possesses great material wealth
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"
have as a feature
"This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"
experience, receive, have, getverb
go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
"get an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive injuries"; "have a feeling"
own, have, possessverb
have ownership or possession of
"He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?"
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"
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"
have a personal or business relationship with someone
"have a postdoc"; "have an assistant"; "have a lover"
hold, throw, have, make, giveverb
organize or be responsible for
"hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course"
"I have two years left"; "I don't have any money left"; "They have two more years before they retire"
be confronted with
"What do we have here?"; "Now we have a fine mess"
"The stocks had a fast run-up"
suffer from; be ill with
"She has arthritis"
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"
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"
get something; come into possession of
"receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front"
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"
have, get, makeverb
achieve a point or goal
"Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day"
give birth, deliver, bear, birth, haveverb
cause to be born
"My wife had twins yesterday!"
have sex with; archaic use
"He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"
To possess, own, hold.
To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).
To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.
Used in forming the perfect aspect and the past perfect aspect.
To give birth to.
To engage in sexual intercourse with.
He's always bragging about how many women he's had.
(transitive with bare infinitive) To cause to, by a command or request.
They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.
(transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To cause to be.
(transitive with bare infinitive) To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
(transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To depict as being.
Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below)
To defeat in a fight; take.
To be able to speak a language.
I have no German
To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
To be afflicted with, to suffer from, to experience something negative
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.
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
for have, in the plural.
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.
to hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm
to possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one
to accept possession of; to take or accept
to get possession of; to obtain; to get
to cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require
to bear, as young; as, she has just had a child
to hold, regard, or esteem
to cause or force to go; to take
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
to be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive
to put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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
They chose to have dinner outdoors at the patio on their new furniture.
Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020
She did have cream sometimes with her coffee.
Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'have' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #27
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'have' in Written Corpus Frequency: #20
Rank popularity for the word 'have' in Verbs Frequency: #2
The numerical value of have in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of have in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of have in a Sentence
CVS (CVS.N) and Walgreens have become particularly reliant on the pharmacy side to drive their businesses forward.
Costs are definitely higher, but after raising their standards, they also have a stable order book.
We’re well aware that many startup firms have deposits and venture capital firms have deposits at this bank that have been affected by its failure, so this is something we’re working to try to resolve.
We want to convey to the American public we have two vaccines that are readily available -- the Pfizer and Moderna -- and people should continue to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated.
You have to give it to Chancellor Merkel: She outmaneuvered Joe Biden in just three weeks. Merkel made it clear she would not take sides between communist China and capitalist America, reversed the 10,000-U.S. troop withdrawal that Trump previously announced and got the Biden administration to stop enforcing Nord Stream 2 sanctions.
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Translations for have
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- تملك, ملك, عندك, ل, عندي, عند, امتلك, ديكArabic
- мець, уBelarusian
- endevout, kaoutBreton
- tenirCatalan, Valencian
- имѣтиOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- rhaid, wedi, cymryd, bod, gyda, iWelsh
- få, have, skulleDanish
- haben, lassen, bekommen, sein, müssenGerman
- havi, estiEsperanto
- haber, tener, tener que, tomarSpanish
- behar izan, izanBasque
- olla, täytyä, määrätä, omata, pyytää, synnyttääFinnish
- avoir, devoir, prendreFrench
- hawweWestern Frisian
- ag, bíIrish
- bi, aig, gabh, airScottish Gaelic
- के, रखना, पासHindi
- birtokol, bírHungarian
- farsi, avere, dovereItalian
- ある, いる, 持つ, 持ってるJapanese
- ჰყავს, ფლობს, აქვსGeorgian
- hebûn, heyînKurdish
- sum, debeo, possideo, habeō, futurus sum, habeo quod, gressus sum, ivi, pario, usus sum, patio, teneo, servandus sumLatin
- има, мораMacedonian
- ရှိ, မှာBurmese
- krijgen, zijn, hebben, moetenDutch
- ha, har hatNorwegian
- musieć, miećPolish
- ter que, possuir, ter, fazer, haver de, haverPortuguese
- avair, haver, aveir, averRomansh
- àiri, àere, aiSardinian
- имати, imatiSerbo-Croatian
- vara tvungen, ha, få, äga, måsteSwedish
- sahip olmakTurkish
- повинен, мати, у, вUkrainian
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