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"have" in British English

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haveauxiliary verb [+ past participle]

uk   strong /hæv/ weak /həv/ /əv/  us   /hæv/  /həv/  /əv/ (had, had) (also 've/'s)

haveverb

uk   strong /hæv/ /həv/ /əv/  us   /hæv/  /həv/  /əv/ (had)
  • have verb (POSSESS)

A1 [T not continuous] (also 've/'s, UK also have got) to own: They have a beautiful home. He has plenty of money but no style. I've got two brothers. Do you have time to finish the report today? I've got a suggestion/an idea.
have the decency, good sense, etc. to do sth
to do one good thing, although you do other bad or silly things: At least he had the good sense to turn the gas off. At least she had the decency to apologize.

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  • have verb (BE ILL)

A1 [T] (UK also have got) If you have a particular illness, you suffer from it: Have you ever had measles? I've got a cold.

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  • have verb (EAT/DRINK)

A1 [T] to eat or drink something: I had prawns and rice for lunch. Can I have a drink of water? When are we having dinner?

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  • have verb (RECEIVE/ALLOW)

[T] 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 Worcestershire sauce 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 running all over my flowerbeds (= I refuse to allow them to do this).

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  • have verb (MAKE HAPPEN)

B1 [T] to cause something to happen or someone to do something: [+ past participle] We're having the house painted next month. [+ infinitive without to] If you wait, I'll have someone collect it for you. [+ obj + -ing verb ] The film soon had us crying. Gus will have it working in no time. She had her parents down (= invited them to stay) for a week in the summer. We had the boat out (= went out in the boat) for the first time this week. We often have friends over/round (= invite them to come) on a Saturday night.

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  • have verb (EXPERIENCE)

A2 [T] to experience something: We're having a wonderful time here in Venice. We didn't have any difficulty/problem finding the house. He hasn't been having much luck recently.

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  • have verb (BABY)

A2 [T] to give birth to a baby: Elaine had a baby girl yesterday. My mother had me at home.
be having a baby, twins, etc.
to be pregnant: I hear his wife's having a baby.

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  • have verb (SEX)

[T not continuous] mainly UK slang to have sex with someone: He asked me how many men I'd had.

havemodal verb

uk   strong /hæv/ /həv/ /əv/  us   /hæv/  /həv/  /əv/
have (got) to do sth

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A2 to need to or be forced: I have to go to San Francisco tomorrow on business. What time do you have to be there? Do we have to finish this today? We'll have to start keeping detailed records. Jackie's ill so they've had to change their plans.
C2 used to say that something must be true: That total has to be right - I've checked it twice.
(Definition of have from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"have" in American English

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haveauxiliary verb

 us   /hæv, həv, əv, v/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ )
  • have auxiliary verb (PERFECT TENSE)

used with the past participle of other verbs to form perfect tenses: I have heard that story before. "Have we been invited?" "Yes, we have."

haveverb [T]

  • have verb [T] (DO)

 us   /hæv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) to do an action: He didn’t have a birthday party this year. The baby is having her nap.
 us   /hæv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) Have can also mean eat or drink: We’re going to have lunch.
 us   /hæv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) To have a baby is to give birth: Glennis had a girl.
  • have verb [T] (RECEIVE)

 us   /hæv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) to receive or accept something, or to allow something to happen: I’ll have some more coffee. I just had a phone call from Judy. I won’t have those kids running through my flower bed.
  • have verb [T] (CAUSE)

 us   /hæv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) to cause something to happen, or to cause someone to do something: We’re having the house painted. She had her parents come to her house for Thanksgiving. We often have friends over.
  • have verb [T] (EXPERIENCE)

 us   /hæv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) to experience something: We had a wonderful vacation. She had her car stolen last week.
have a good/great/nice something
If you say have a good/great/nice something you are saying that you hope someone enjoys a particular period of time: Thanks for shopping with us, and have a good day! Have a great trip, and drive safely!
  • have verb [T] (POSSESS)

 us   /hæv, həv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) (also have got,  /hævˈɡɑt, həv-/ ) to own or possess something: We have a dog. Have you got a cold? I’ve got a big nose. Have you got any money on you (= Are you carrying money with you)?
 us   /hæv, həv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) (also have got,  /hævˈɡɑt, həv-/ ) Have can also mean to be related to, or to know: Carol has six sisters. I’ve got a friend who could lend us a car.
 us   /hæv, həv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) (also have got,  /hævˈɡɑt, həv-/ ) If a store has something, it is available to be bought: While you’re there, see if they have any toothpicks.
Note: Have got is used only in the present tense.
  • have verb [T] (CONTAIN)

 us   /hæv, həv/ (present tense has  /hæz, həz, əz/ , past tense and past participle had  /hæd, həd, əd/ ) (also have got,  /hævˈɡɑt, həv-/ ) to contain or include something: The Chicago area has a population of about eight million. Our house has three bedrooms and two baths. We have a few minutes left before the end of class.
(Definition of have from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “have”
in Korean 동사를 현재 분사와 과거 분사형으로 만들때 함께 쓰인다…
in Arabic فِعل مُساعِد يُستخدم مع التصريف الثالث لفعل آخر للإشارة إلى أزمنة المضارع التام والماضي التام…
in Malaysian telah, sudah, ada…
in French avoir, On m’a arraché une dent, Smith est venu me voir…
in Russian вспом. гл., вместе с прич. прош. вр. основного гл. используется для формирования времен Present Perfect и Past Perfect…
in Chinese (Traditional) (與動詞的過去分詞連用,構成現在完成式和過去完成式)…
in Italian usato con il participio passato di un altro verbo per formare il presente perfetto e il passato perfetto…
in Turkish geçmişte olmuş bir olayın konuşulduğu/yazıldığı zamanda hâlâ önemli olduğunu gösteren geçmiş zaman ortaçlarıyla birlikte bileşik kipler kuran yardımcı fiil…
in Polish z imiesłowem biernym tworzy konstrukcję present perfect…
in Spanish verbo auxiliar que se usa con un participio para construir el pretérito perfecto compuesto y el pluscuamperfecto: haber, tener, tomar…
in Vietnamese dùng với quá khứ phân từ để tạo thành thời hoàn thành, sở hữu hoặc có cái gì, có…
in Portuguese usado com o particípio passado de outro verbo para formar o presente perfeito e o passado perfeito…
in Thai ใช้ใน Present Perfect Tense, เป็นเจ้าของ, มี…
in German Imperfekt, haben, bekommen…
in Catalan verb auxiliar que s’utilitza amb un participi per a formar temps compostos: haver…
in Japanese (文法)have + 動詞の過去分詞形で現在完了形または過去完了形を作る…
in Chinese (Simplified) (与动词的过去分词连用,构成现在完成时和过去完成时)…
in Indonesian telah, mempunyai, menerima…
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