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English definition of “have”


verb (POSSESS)    strong /hæv/ weak /həv/ /əv/ (had)
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 .Having and owning - general words 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 .Having and owning - general words Grammar:HaveGrammar:Have: formsHave is an irregular verb. Its three forms are have, had, had. The present simple third person singular is has:Grammar:Have: usesWe use have as a main verb and an auxiliary verb.Grammar:Have: typical errorGrammar:Have as a main verbThe main verb have has lots of uses.Grammar:Have as an auxiliary verbHave is one of three auxiliary verbs in English: be, do and have. We use have before -ed forms to make the present perfect and past perfect.Grammar:Have got and haveHave got and have mean the same. Have got is more informal. We use have (got) here to refer to both verbs:
(Definition of have verb (POSSESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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