Meaning of “had” in the English Dictionary

"had" in British English

See all translations


uk strong /hæd/ weak /həd/ /əd/ 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 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 computer's had it.
Liverpool have had it for this season.


uk /hæd/ us /hæd/

(Definition of “had” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"had" in American English

See all translations


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


uk /hæd/ us 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)