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English definition of “have”


verb [T] (RECEIVE/ALLOW)    strong /hæv/ weak /həv/ /əv/ (had)
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 runn ing all over my flowerbeds (= I refuse to allow them to do this).Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of thingsAllowing and permitting Grammar:HaveGrammar:Have: formsHave is an irregular verb. Its three forms are have, had, had. The present simple third person singular is has:Grammar:Have: usesWe use have as a main verb and an auxiliary verb.Grammar:Have: typical errorGrammar:Have as a main verbThe main verb have has lots of uses.Grammar:Have as an auxiliary verbHave is one of three auxiliary verbs in English: be, do and have. We use have before -ed forms to make the present perfect and past perfect.Grammar:No or not?No and not are the two most common words we use to indicate negation. We use no before a noun phrase:
(Definition of have verb (RECEIVE/ALLOW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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