Meaning of “have” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk strong /hæv/ weak /həv, əv, v/ past tense and past participle had, present tense singular has
OWN [ T ] also mainly UK have got

A1 to own something:

I have two horses.
Laura has got beautiful blue eyes.

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HOLD [ T ]

B1 used to say that someone is holding something, or that someone or something is with them:

He had a pen in his hand.
She had a small child with her.
BE SICK [ T ] also mainly UK have got

A1 If you have a particular illness, you are suffering from it:

Have you ever had the measles?

A1 to eat or drink something:

We are having dinner at 7 o'clock.
Can I have a drink of water?
have a bath/sleep/walk, etc

A2 used with nouns to say that someone does something:

Can I have a quick shower?
Let Mark have a try.
have difficulty/fun/problems, etc

A2 used with nouns to say that someone experiences something:

We had a great time in Barcelona.
have a baby

A2 to give birth to a baby

have sth done

B1 If you have something done, someone does it for you:

I'm having my hair cut tomorrow.
We had the carpets cleaned.

(Definition of “have verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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