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had

verb uk   strong /hæd/ weak /həd/ /əd/ us  

had verb (HAVE)

(also 'd) past simple and past participle of have, also used with the past participle of other verbs to form the past perfect: When I was a child I had a dog. No more food please - I've had enough. I had heard/I'd heard they were planning to move to Boston.formal Had I known (= if I had known), I would have come home sooner.

had verb (FINISHED)

have had it informal (of a machine, etc.) to be in such a bad condition that it is not useful or (of a person, team, etc.) to be doing so badly that they are certain to fail: I think this kettle's had it. Liverpool have had it for this season.Not functioning

had

adjective uk   /hæd/ us  
be had informal to be tricked and given less than you agreed or paid for: "I paid £2,000 for this car." "You've been had, mate. It's not worth more than £1,000."Cheating and trickingPlotting and trapping
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