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verb [T] (RECEIVE)   /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.
(Definition of have verb (RECEIVE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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