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Meaning of “had” in the English Dictionary

"had" in British English

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hadverb

uk   us   strong /hæd/ weak /həd/ /əd/
  • 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 ​foodplease - 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 ​homesooner.
  • had verb (FINISHED)

have had it informal (of a ​machine, etc.) to be in such a ​badcondition 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 computer's had it. Liverpool have had it for this ​season.

hadadjective

uk   us   /hæd/
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 ."
(Definition of had from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"had" in American English

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had

 us   /hæd, həd, əd, d/
past simple and past participle of have: We had a ​dog when I was ​growing up.
(Definition of had from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"had" in Business English

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hadadjective

uk   us   /hæd/ informal
be had to be tricked: Did you ever get the ​feeling you've been had? Well, when it comes to the web, you're not alone.
(Definition of had from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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