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English definition of “have”

have

verb [T] (DO)   /hæv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/, past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/)
to do an action: He didn’t have a birthday party this year. The baby is having her nap. Have can also mean eat or drink: We’re going to have lunch. To have a baby is to give birth: Glennis had a girl.
(Definition of have verb (DO) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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