: Additional archaic forms are second-person singular present tense hast 'and second-person singular past tense''' hadst''' or ' haddest
To possess, own, hold.
- I have a house and a car.
To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).
- Look what I have here — a frog I found on the street!
- I have two sisters.
To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.
- The dog down the street has a lax owner.
- I have breakfast at six o'clock.
- Can I have a look at that?
Used in forming the and the past perfect aspect.
- I'm going to have some pizza and a beer right now.
- I have already eaten today.
- I had already eaten.
- I have to go.
To give birth to.
- Note: there's a separate entry for have to .
- The couple always wanted to have children.
To engage in sexual intercourse with.
- My wife is having the baby right now!
To accept as a romantic partner.
- He's always bragging about how many women he's had .
(transitive with bare infinitive ) To cause to, by a command or request.
- Despite my protestations of love, she would not have me.
(transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement ) To cause to be.
- They had me feed their dog while they were out of town.
- He had him arrested for trespassing.
(transitive with bare infinitive ) To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
- The lecture's ending had the entire audience in tears.
- The hospital had several patients contract pneumonia last week.
(transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement ) To depict as being.
- I've had three people today tell me my hair looks nice.
- Their stories differed; he said he'd been at work when the incident occurred, but her statement had him at home that entire evening.
Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below)
- Anton Rogan, 8, was one of the runners-up in the Tick Tock Box short story competition, not Anton Rogers as we had it.'' — ''The Guardian .
- We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we ?
- Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she ?
(British, slang) To defeat in a fight; take.
- (UK usage) He has some money, hasn't he ?
- I could have him!
(Irish) To be able to speak a language.
- I'm gonna have you!
To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
- I have no German .
To be afflicted with, to suffer from, to experience something negative
- Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before.
- He had a cold last week.
To trick, to deceive
- We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that.
(often with present participle) To allow
* 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 2
- You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke.
- "You're a very naughty boy. If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times. I won't have you chasing the geese!"
Interrogative auxiliary verb
have ...?' (''third-person singular'' '''has ...?''', ''third-person singular negative'' '''hasn't ...?''' ''or'' '''has ... not?''', ''negative for all other persons, singular and plural'' '''haven't ...?''' ''or'' '''have ... not? ); ''in each case, the ellipsis stands for a pronoun
* Used with a following pronoun to form tag questions after statements that use "have" to form the perfect tense or (in UK usage) that use "have" in the present tense.
*: “We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we ?”
*: “Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she ?”
*: “I'd bet that student hasn't studied yet, have they ?”
*: “You've known all along, haven't you ?”
*: “The sun has already set, has it not ?”
*: (UK usage'') “He has some money, hasn't he ?” (''see usage notes below )
* This construction forms a tag that converts a present perfect tense sentence into a question. The tag always uses an object pronoun substituting for the subject. Negative sentences use has'' or ''have'', distinguished by number. Affirmative sentences use the same followed by ''not'', or alternatively, more commonly, and less formally, ''hasn't'' or ''haven't . (See ).
* In American usage, this construction does not apply to present tense sentences with has'' or ''have , or their negations, as a verb; it does not apply either to the construction "have got". In those cases, use "does" or its negation instead. For example: "He has some money, doesn't he?" and "I have got enough time, don't I?" These constructions with "do", "does", "don't" or "doesn't" are considered incorrect in UK usage.
* be had
* have a ball
* have a cow
* have at you
* have it in for
* have it off
* have had enough
* have had it
* have nots
* have someone on
* have to
* auxiliary verb
* past tense
* perfect tense
Something owned; possession; goods; estate.
* 1875 , Tennyson, Queen Mary
- I'll lend you something; my having is not much.
- Your havings wasted by the scythe and spade,
- Your rights and charters hobnail' d into slush