Meaning of “I've” in the English Dictionary

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"I've" in British English

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uk /aɪv/ us /aɪv/

short form of I have:

I've been waiting an hour already.

More examples

  • I've had continual problems with this car ever since I bought it.
  • Nothing changes, does it - I've been away two years and the office still looks exactly the same.
  • It's been a terrible week and now, just to finish it off, I've got a cold.
  • Her name is familiar, but I can't quite remember where I've heard it.
  • I've tried moving the desk but it won't budge.


uk / -ɪv/ us / -ɪv/ also -ative, also -itive, also -tive

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

"I’ve" in American English

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us /ɑɪv/

contraction of I have:

I’ve decided not to go.

(Definition of “I’ve” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)