What does have mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word have.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rich person, wealthy person, have(verb)

    a person who possesses great material wealth

  2. have, have got, hold(verb)

    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, feature(verb)

    have as a feature

    "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

  4. experience, receive, have, get(verb)

    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

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

  5. own, have, possess(verb)

    have ownership or possession of

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

  6. get, let, have(verb)

    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, have(verb)

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly

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

  8. have(verb)

    have a personal or business relationship with someone

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

  9. hold, throw, have, make, give(verb)

    organize or be responsible for

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

  10. have(verb)

    have left

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

  11. have(verb)

    be confronted with

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

  12. have, experience(verb)


    "The stocks had a fast run-up"

  13. have(verb)

    suffer from; be ill with

    "She has arthritis"

  14. induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make(verb)

    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, have(verb)

    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, have(verb)

    get something; come into possession of

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

  17. suffer, sustain, have, get(verb)

    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, make(verb)

    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, have(verb)

    cause to be born

    "My wife had twins yesterday!"

  20. take, have(verb)

    have sex with; archaic use

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


  1. have(Verb)

    To possess, own, hold.

  2. have(Verb)

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

  3. have(Verb)

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

  4. have(Verb)

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

  5. have(Verb)


  6. have(Verb)

    To give birth to.

  7. have(Verb)

    To engage in sexual intercourse with.

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

  8. have(Verb)

    (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. have(Verb)

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

  10. have(Verb)

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

  11. have(Verb)

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

  12. have(Verb)

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

  13. have(Verb)

    To defeat in a fight; take.

  14. have(Verb)

    To be able to speak a language.

    I have no German

  15. have(Verb)

    To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.

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

  16. have(Verb)

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

  17. have(Verb)

    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. have(Verb)


  19. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. have

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  3. Have(verb)

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

  4. Have(verb)

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

  5. Have(verb)

    to accept possession of; to take or accept

  6. Have(verb)

    to get possession of; to obtain; to get

  7. Have(verb)

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

  8. Have(verb)

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

  9. Have(verb)

    to hold, regard, or esteem

  10. Have(verb)

    to cause or force to go; to take

  11. Have(verb)

    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. Have(verb)

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

  13. Have(verb)

    to understand

  14. Have(verb)

    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.]

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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

How to pronounce have?

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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. Giacomo Casanova:

    I have lived.

  2. Kofi Annan:

    We have a deal.

  3. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel:

    We have to IPO.

  4. Trump Jr.:

    I have no idea.

  5. Mark Viney:

    We have no idea.

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