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parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, auxiliary verb
have to
Homophone Note
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: has, having, had
definition 1: to possess; own.
Most people on the island have a boat.I don't have a dress for the wedding.
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keep, occupy, own, possess
definition 2: to be currently in possession of.
I have the key in my pocket.He has a sandwich that he can eat later.What do you have in your hand?
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hold, keep, retain
definition 3: to experience or feel the sensation of.
They had a good time camping.I had an interesting dream last night.He has a pain in his left side.
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definition 4: to contain or include.
The board has ten members.
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definition 5: to think about or hold in mind.
I have a great idea.Do you have any thoughts on the subject?
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definition 6: to give birth to.
She had her first child at home and her second at the hospital.
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definition 7: to partake of, enjoy, or participate in.
Let's have a cup of tea.They went outside to have a cigarette.I had lunch with a friend.The children have recess at ten-thirty.Shall we have another game?She's not at her desk; she's having her break.
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definition 8: to endure or put up with.
I've had all I can take.I will not have that kind of behavior in my classroom.
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definition 9: to cause (someone to do something), or cause (something to be acted upon).
He had the barber trim his beard.The professor had the students retake the exam.I'm going to have the house painted this summer.She always has her groceries delivered to her home.
definition 10: to get or receive.
Can I have another beer, please?
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to possess money and other elements of financial security.
In our society, some people have and others do not.
part of speech: noun
definition: (usu. pl.) one who has material wealth.
the haves and the have-nots of our society
part of speech: auxiliary verb
inflections: had, has, having
definition: used with a past participle to express an action or state that occurred at some point before the time of speaking or began in the past but continues into the present time. Also used with a past participle to express an action or state that occurred before another event in the past or before a projected future event viewed as if it were already complete.
They have gone home already.I have traveled in China on two separate occasions.They have lived in Chicago for five years now.Until she went to college, she had never shared her room with anyone.By the time we arrive, they will have eaten all the turkey!
phrase: have to
Homophone Note
The words have and halve (to cut in half) sound alike but have different meanings.