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English definition of “have”

have

verb [T] (POSSESS)   /hæv, həv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/, past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/) (also have got,  /hævˈɡɑt, həv-/)
to own or possess something: We have a dog. Have you got a cold? I’ve got a big nose. Have you got any money on you (= Are you carrying money with you)? Have can also mean to be related to, or to know: Carol has six sisters. I’ve got a friend who could lend us a car. If a store has something, it is available to be bought: While you’re there, see if they have any toothpicks. Note: Have got is used only in the present tense.
(Definition of have verb (POSSESS) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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