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  1. havingnoun

    Something owned; possession; goods; estate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Havingnoun

    Etymology: from have.

    My having is not much;
    I’ll make division of my present with you:
    Hold, there’s half my coffer. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Of the one side was alleged the having a picture, which the other wanted; of the other side, the first striking the shield. Philip Sidney.

    Thou art not for the fashion of these times,
    Where none will sweat but for promotion;
    And having that, do choak their service up,
    Even with the having. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    The gentleman is of no having: he kept company with the wild prince and Poinz: he is of too high a region; he knows too much. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.



    A HAVING clause in SQL specifies that an SQL SELECT statement must only return rows where aggregate values meet the specified conditions. HAVING and WHERE are often confused by beginners, but they serve different purposes. WHERE is taken into account at an earlier stage of a query execution, filtering the rows read from the tables. If a query contains GROUP BY, rows from the tables are grouped and aggregated. After the aggregating operation, HAVING is applied, filtering out the rows that don't match the specified conditions. Therefore, WHERE applies to data read from tables, and HAVING should only apply to aggregated data, which isn't known in the initial stage of a query. To view the present condition formed by the GROUP BY clause, the HAVING clause is used.


  1. having

    Having can refer to the state of possessing or owning something. It can also describe the act of experiencing or being in a particular situation or condition. Additionally, having can imply the presence or existence of something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Having

    of Have

  2. Havingnoun

    possession; goods; estate


  1. Having

    Having is the third album by the American rock band Trespassers William. It was released on 28 February 2006 on Nettwerk Records.

Editors Contribution

  1. havingverb

    Verb form of the word have.

    We were having dinner when we got the good news, the wedding date had been changed to a few months earlier.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'having' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #254

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'having' in Written Corpus Frequency: #246

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of having in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of having in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of having in a Sentence

  1. Martin Bentrott:

    Not at all with respect to Volga. The issue between the U.S. and Europe and Russia is not having an effect on our ability to do business; it is more having an impact on the economic environment in Russia itself, it is having an effect on our airline customers and we are having to make some adjustments in terms of delivery timing.

  2. Stuart Mitchell:

    Having everything in life is having nothing!  But being alive is having the dream of everything and the prospect of nothing. . 

  3. Patrick J. Buchanan:

    We are thus in the position of having to borrow from Europe to defend Europe, of having to borrow from China and Japan to defend Chinese and Japanese access to Gulf oil, and of having to borrow from Arab emirs, sultans and monarchs to make Iraq safe for democracy. We borrow from the nations we defend so that we may continue to defend them. To question this is an unpardonable heresy called 'isolationism.

  4. Dimitrios Arkilo:

    The only thing worse than having to be in a hospital for a child with epilepsy is having to come back, that’s the number-one goal for Rachael: not having to be readmitted for a seizure.

  5. Donna Hedges:

    Having a place to go - is a home. Having someone to love - is a family. Having both - is a blessing.

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