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verb uk   strong /hæv/ weak /həv/ /əv/ (had) us  

have verb (POSSESS)

A1 [T not continuous] (also 've/'s, UK also have got) to own: They have a beautiful home. He has plenty of money but no style. I've got two brothers. Do you have time to finish the report today? I've got a suggestion/an idea. have the decency, good sense, etc. to do sth to do one good thing, although you do other bad or silly things: At least he had the good sense to turn the gas off. At least she had the decency to apologize.

have verb (BE ILL)

A1 [T] (UK also have got) If you have a particular illness, you suffer from it: Have you ever had measles? I've got a cold.

have verb (DO)

A2 [T] to perform the action mentioned: have a wash/bath/shower I had a swim. We had a short walk after lunch. I've never done it before but I'd like to have a try (= to try). Why don't you have a rest?

have verb (EAT/DRINK)

A1 [T] to eat or drink something: I had prawns and rice for lunch. Can I have a drink of water? When are we having dinner?

have verb (RECEIVE/ALLOW)

[T] to receive, accept, or allow something to happen: Here, have some more coffee. [+ to infinitive] My mother's having visitors (to stay) next week. Let me have the book back next week. In the end they solved their problems and she had him back (= allowed him to come and live with her again). I looked in all the shops for string but there was none to be had (= none that anyone could obtain). I kept telling him that you were French but he wouldn't have it (= would not accept that it was true). [+ -ing verb] I won't have those kids running all over my flowerbeds (= I refuse to allow them to do this).

have verb (MAKE HAPPEN)

B1 [T] to cause something to happen or someone to do something: [+ past participle] We're having the house painted next month. [+ infinitive without to] If you wait, I'll have someone collect it for you. [+ obj + -ing verb ] The film soon had us crying. Guy'll have it working in no time. She had her parents down (= invited them to stay) for a week in the summer. We had the boat out (= went out in the boat) for the first time this week. We often have friends over/round (= invite them to come) on a Saturday night.

have verb (SUFFER)

B1 [T + past participle] to suffer something that someone does to you: She had her car stolen (= it was stolen) last week.

have verb (EXPERIENCE)

A2 [T] to experience something: We're having a wonderful time here in Venice. We didn't have any difficulty/problem finding the house. He hasn't been having much luck recently.

have verb (BABY)

A2 [T] to give birth to a baby: Elaine had a baby girl yesterday. My mother had me at home. be having a baby, twins, etc. to be pregnant: I hear his wife's having a baby.

have verb (SEX)

[T not continuous] slang to have sex with someone: He asked me how many men I'd had.

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