Have v. t. [imp. & p. p. Had p. pr. & vb. n. Having. Indic. present, I have, thou hast, he has; we, ye, they have.]
1. To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm.
2. To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one.
The earth hath bubbles, as the water has. --Shak.
He had a fever late. --Keats.
3. To accept possession of; to take or accept.
Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me? --Shak.
4. To get possession of; to obtain; to get.
5. To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require.
I had the church accurately described to me. --Sir W. Scott.
Wouldst thou have me turn traitor also? --Ld. Lytton.
6. To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child.
7. To hold, regard, or esteem.
Of them shall I be had in honor. --2 Sam. vi. 22.
8. To cause or force to go; to take. “The stars have us to bed.” --Herbert. “Have out all men from me.” --2 Sam. xiii. 9.
9. 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.
10. To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive.
Science has, and will long have, to be a divider and a separatist. --M. Arnold.
The laws of philology have to be established by external comparison and induction. --Earle.
11. To understand.
You have me, have you not? --Shak.
12. To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him. [Slang]
Note: ☞ Have, as an auxiliary verb, is used with the past participle to form preterit tenses; as, I have loved; I shall have eaten. Originally it was used only with the participle of transitive verbs, and denoted the possession of the object in the state indicated by the participle; as, I have conquered him, I have or hold him in a conquered state; but it has long since lost this independent significance, and is used with the participles both of transitive and intransitive verbs as a device for expressing past time. Had is used, especially in poetry, for would have or should have.
Myself for such a face had boldly died. --Tennyson.
To have a care, to take care; to be on one's guard.
To have (a man) out, to engage (one) in a duel.
To have done (with). See under Do, v. i.
To have it out, to speak freely; to bring an affair to a conclusion.
To have on, to wear.
To have to do with. See under Do, v. t.
Syn: -- To possess; to own. See Possess.
Has 3d pers. sing. pres. of Have.
n : a person who possesses great material wealth [syn: rich
person, wealthy person]
v 1: 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"
[syn: have got, hold]
2: have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous
chefs in France" [syn: feature] [ant: miss]
3: of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea";
"experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange
sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The
fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a
feeling" [syn: experience, receive, get, undergo]
4: have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in
Florida"; "How many cars does she have?" [syn: own, possess]
5: 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" [syn: get,
6: serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl
of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee" [syn:
consume, ingest, take in, take] [ant: abstain]
7: have a personal or business relationship with someone; "have
a postdoc"; "have an assistant"; "have a lover"
8: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have,
throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold, throw,
9: have left; "I have two years left"; "I don't have any money
left"; "They have two more years before they retire"
10: be confronted with; "What do we have here?"; "Now we have a
11: undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" [syn: experience]
12: suffer from; be ill with; "She has arthritis"
13: 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" [syn: induce,
stimulate, cause, get, make]
14: 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"
[syn: accept, take] [ant: refuse]
15: get something; come into possession of; "receive payment";
"receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn:
16: 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" [syn: suffer, sustain,
17: achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian
team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn: get,
18: give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!"
[syn: give birth, deliver, bear, birth]
19: have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when
she was most vulnerable" [syn: take]
[also: has, had]