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haveauxiliary verb [+ past participle]

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

haveverb

uk   us   strong /hæv/ weak /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 (DO)

A2 [T] to perform the action mentioned: have a wash/bath/shower I had a swim. We had a short walk after lunch. I've never done it before but I'd like to have a try (= to try). Why don't you have a rest?
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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 string 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'll 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 (SUFFER)

B1 [T + past participle] to suffer something that someone does to you: She had her car stolen (= it was stolen) last week.

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   us   strong /hæv/ weak /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.
Translations of “have”
in Arabic فِعل مُساعِد يُستخدم مع التصريف الثالث لفعل آخر للإشارة إلى أزمنة المضارع التام والماضي التام…
in Korean 동사를 현재 분사와 과거 분사형으로 만들때 함께 쓰인다…
in Malaysian telah, sudah, ada…
in French avoir, On m’a arraché une dent, Smith est venu me voir…
in Turkish geçmişte olmuş bir olayın konuşulduğu/yazıldığı zamanda hâlâ önemli olduğunu gösteren geçmiş zaman ortaçlarıyla birlikte bileşik kipler kuran yardımcı fiil…
in Italian usato con il participio passato di un altro verbo per formare il presente perfetto e il passato perfetto…
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 Russian вспом. гл., вместе с прич. прош. вр. основного гл. используется для формирования времен Present Perfect и Past Perfect…
in Polish z imiesłowem biernym tworzy konstrukcję present perfect…
in Vietnamese dùng với quá khứ phân từ để tạo thành thời hoàn thành, sở hữu hoặc có cái gì, có…
in Spanish tener, poseer, recibir…
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 Indonesian telah, mempunyai, menerima…
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)…
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