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have

 
pronunciation:
haev
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun, auxiliary verb
phrases:
have to
grammatical pattern:
verb + smth + past part, verb smby + pres. Part, verb + smby + bare inf., verb smth + adj.
features:
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.
antonyms:
lack
similar words:
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?
similar words:
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.
similar words:
enjoy
definition 4: to contain or include.
The board has ten members.
similar words:
contain
definition 5: to think about or hold in mind.
I have a great idea.Do you have any thoughts on the subject?
similar words:
possess
definition 6: to give birth to.
She had her first child at home and her second at the hospital.
similar words:
bear
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.
synonyms:
enjoy
similar words:
partake
definition 8: to get or receive.
Can I have another beer, please?
definition 9: to endure, undergo, or allow.
I've had all I can take of this.She had her purse snatched in the subway station.[verb + smth + past part ] I will not have that kind of behavior in my classroom.I can't have the children running all over the place just now.[verb smby + pres. Part ]
similar words:
bear
definition 10: to cause or bring about (the action of another).
He had the barber trim his beard.[verb + smby + bare inf. ] The professor had the students retake the exam.[verb + smby + bare inf. ]
definition 11: to cause to be in a certain condition or to be acted upon in a specified way.
We'll have the document ready for you to sign by tomorrow.[verb smth + adj. ] The sergeant had the recruits fit and strong within a few weeks.[verb smby + adj. ] I'm going to have the house painted this summer.[verb smth + past part ] She always has her groceries delivered to her home.[verb smth + past part ]
definition 12: to start or be the cause of (someone or something) doing something.
His jokes had everyone laughing.[verb smby + pres part. ] She had all the servants scurrying around in preparation for the visit.[verb smby + pres part. ]
 
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: has, having, had
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.