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"had" in British English

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hadverb

uk   strong /hæd/ weak /həd/ /əd/  us   /hæd/  /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.

hadadjective

uk   /hæd/  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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