Meaning of “they've” in the English Dictionary

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"they've" in British English

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uk /ðeɪv/ us /ðeɪv/

short form of they have:

They've really made a mess of things now.

More examples

  • They've only done half of what they were supposed to do.
  • They've got paint all over the carpet.
  • I hope they've bought enough food.
  • Ask them if they've had a shower.
  • They've got two more hours to finish the cleaning.

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

"they’ve" in American English

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us /ðeɪv/

contraction of they have:

They’ve always paid their bills promptly in the past.

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