had Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “had” in the English Dictionary

"had" in British English

See all translations

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

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of had?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“had” in British English

Word of the Day

carnival

(a special occasion or period of) public enjoyment and entertainment involving wearing unusual clothes, dancing, and eating and drinking, usually held in the streets of a city

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More