Have v. t. [imp. & p. p. Had p. pr. & vb. n. Having. Indic. present, I have, thou hast, he has; we, ye, they have.]
1. To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm.
2. To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one.
The earth hath bubbles, as the water has. --Shak.
He had a fever late. --Keats.
3. To accept possession of; to take or accept.
Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me? --Shak.
4. To get possession of; to obtain; to get.
5. To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require.
I had the church accurately described to me. --Sir W. Scott.
Wouldst thou have me turn traitor also? --Ld. Lytton.
6. To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child.
7. To hold, regard, or esteem.
Of them shall I be had in honor. --2 Sam. vi. 22.
8. To cause or force to go; to take. “The stars have us to bed.” --Herbert. “Have out all men from me.” --2 Sam. xiii. 9.
9. To take or hold (one's self); to proceed promptly; -- used reflexively, often with ellipsis of the pronoun; as, to have after one; to have at one or at a thing, i. e., to aim at one or at a thing; to attack; to have with a companion.
10. To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive.
Science has, and will long have, to be a divider and a separatist. --M. Arnold.
The laws of philology have to be established by external comparison and induction. --Earle.
11. To understand.
You have me, have you not? --Shak.
12. To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him. [Slang]
Note: ☞ Have, as an auxiliary verb, is used with the past participle to form preterit tenses; as, I have loved; I shall have eaten. Originally it was used only with the participle of transitive verbs, and denoted the possession of the object in the state indicated by the participle; as, I have conquered him, I have or hold him in a conquered state; but it has long since lost this independent significance, and is used with the participles both of transitive and intransitive verbs as a device for expressing past time. Had is used, especially in poetry, for would have or should have.
Myself for such a face had boldly died. --Tennyson.
To have a care, to take care; to be on one's guard.
To have (a man) out, to engage (one) in a duel.
To have done (with). See under Do, v. i.
To have it out, to speak freely; to bring an affair to a conclusion.
To have on, to wear.
To have to do with. See under Do, v. t.
Syn: -- To possess; to own. See Possess.
Had imp. & p. p. of Have. See Have.
Had as lief, Had rather, Had better, Had as soon, etc., with a nominative and followed by the infinitive without to, are well established idiomatic forms. The original construction was that of the dative with forms of be, followed by the infinitive. See Had better, under Better.
And lever me is be pore and trewe.
[And more agreeable to me it is to be poor and true.] --C. Mundi (Trans.).
Him had been lever to be syke.
[To him it had been preferable to be sick.] --Fabian.
For him was lever have at his bed's head
Twenty bookes, clad in black or red, . . .
Than robes rich, or fithel, or gay sawtrie. --Chaucer.
Note: Gradually the nominative was substituted for the dative, and had for the forms of be. During the process of transition, the nominative with was or were, and the dative with had, are found.
Poor lady, she were better love a dream. --Shak.
You were best hang yourself. --Beau. & Fl.
Me rather had my heart might feel your love
Than my unpleased eye see your courtesy. --Shak.
I hadde levere than my scherte,
That ye hadde rad his legende, as have I. --Chaucer.
I had as lief not be as live to be
In awe of such a thing as I myself. --Shak.
I had rather be a dog and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman. --Shak.
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. --Ps. lxxxiv. 10.
n : a person who possesses great material wealth [syn: rich
person, wealthy person]
v 1: have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;
"She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful
daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
[syn: have got, hold]
2: have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous
chefs in France" [syn: feature] [ant: miss]
3: of mental or physical states or experiences; "get an idea";
"experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "undergo a strange
sensation"; "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"; "The
fluid undergoes shear"; "receive injuries"; "have a
feeling" [syn: experience, receive, get, undergo]
4: have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in
Florida"; "How many cars does she have?" [syn: own, possess]
5: cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or
condition; "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let me in
for a big surprise"; "He got a girl into trouble" [syn: get,
6: serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl
of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee" [syn:
consume, ingest, take in, take] [ant: abstain]
7: have a personal or business relationship with someone; "have
a postdoc"; "have an assistant"; "have a lover"
8: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have,
throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold, throw,
9: have left; "I have two years left"; "I don't have any money
left"; "They have two more years before they retire"
10: be confronted with; "What do we have here?"; "Now we have a
11: undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" [syn: experience]
12: suffer from; be ill with; "She has arthritis"
13: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads
induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to
buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn: induce,
stimulate, cause, get, make]
14: receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl
who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't
have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
[syn: accept, take] [ant: refuse]
15: get something; come into possession of; "receive payment";
"receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn:
16: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "She suffered a
fracture in the accident"; "He had an insulin shock after
eating three candy bars"; "She got a bruise on her leg";
"He got his arm broken in the scuffle" [syn: suffer, sustain,
17: achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian
team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn: get,
18: give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!"
[syn: give birth, deliver, bear, birth]
19: have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when
she was most vulnerable" [syn: take]
[also: has, had]