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Have appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Birdie birdie in the sky laid a turdie in my eye.
    If cows could fly I'd have a cow pie in my eye.
  • I thought a thought.
    But the thought I thought
    Wasn't the thought I thought I thought.
    If the thought I thought I thought,
    Had been the thought I thought,
    I wouldn't have thought I thought.
  • What did you have for breakfast?
    - rubber balls and liquor!
    What did you have for lunch?
    - rubber balls and liquor!
    What did you have for dinner?
    - rubber balls and liquor!
    What do you do when your sister comes home?
    - rubber balls and liquor!

Have appears in the following pangrams (sentences using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Pangrams have subjects like "dewy fox quiz". (35 letters)
  • The six men have power to seize the ship quickly. (39 letters)
  • Have a pick: twenty six letters — no forcing a jumbled quiz! (46 letters)
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Have appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Won’t I have Eva hit now?
  • Deliver, Eva, him I have reviled.
  • Pooh, smiles Eva, "have Selim's hoop."
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Have is sometimes a misspelling of as, had, has or other.

The word have is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun have

What does have mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: haves

  1. a person who possesses great material wealth

Definition of the verb have

What does have mean as a doing word?

Have is the 2nd most common verb in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
  2. have as a feature
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of have: feature
    • antonym of have: lack
    • more specific terms:
      • wear = have or show an appearance of
      • bear / wear = have on one's person
      • carry = have a certain range
      • carry = be equipped with
      • bear = have
      • give off = have as a by-product
      • combine / unite = have or possess in combination
      • star = feature as the star
      • feature / boast / sport = wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
      • possess = have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
      • involve / imply = have as a necessary feature
      • bristle = have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles
      • bristle / abound / burst = be in a state of movement or action
      • brim = be completely full
      • carry / pack / take = have with oneself
      • read / say = have or contain a certain wording or form
      • wear = have in one's aspect
      • carry = have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence
  3. go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  4. have ownership or possession of
    • example: How many cars does she have?
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1 - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme 2]I own twelve oxen

      Own Verbs (with the same syntax): own, possess.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of have: own / possess
    • more specific word: prepossess = possess beforehand
  5. cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of have: get / let
    • more generic words: get / make = give certain properties to something
  6. serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  7. have a personal or business relationship with someone
    • examples: have a postdoc | have an assistant | have a lover
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic word: interact = act together or towards others or with others
  8. organize or be responsible for
    • example: have, throw, or make a party
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of have: give / hold / make / throw
    • more generic word: direct = be in charge of
  9. have left
    • examples: I have two years left | I don't have any money left | They have two more years before they retire
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more specific word: leave = have left or have as a remainder
  10. be confronted with
    • examples: What do we have here? | Now we have a fine mess
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  11. undergo
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of have: experience
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific words: encounter / receive / meet = experience as a reaction
  12. suffer from; be ill with
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic words: hurt / suffer = feel pain or be in pain
  13. cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  14. receive willingly something given or offered
    • examples: The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter | I won't have this dog in my house!
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of have: accept / take
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific terms:
  15. get something; come into possession of
    • examples: The banks have the check | They have more bread | They have the money
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of have: receive
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
    • more specific terms:
      • take in / take up = accept
      • hustle = get by trying hard
      • accept = receive (a report) officially, as from a committee
      • fence = receive stolen goods
      • graduate = receive an academic degree upon completion of one's studies
      • inherit = receive by genetic transmission
  16. undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
  17. achieve a point or goal
  18. cause to be born
  19. have sex with; archaic use

Alternative definition of the verb have


  1. [transitive] To possess, own, hold.
  2. [transitive] To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).
  3. [transitive] To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.
  4. [context: auxiliary verb, taking a past participle] Used in forming the perfect aspect and the past perfect aspect.
  5. [context: auxiliary verb, taking a to-infinitive] must.
  6. [transitive] To give birth to.
  7. [transitive] To engage in sexual intercourse with.
  8. (transitive with bare infinitive) To cause to, by a command or request.
  9. (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To cause to be.
  10. (transitive with bare infinitive) To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)
  11. (transitive with adjective or adjective-phrase complement) To depict as being.
  12. Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below)
  13. [British, slang] To defeat in a fight; take.
  14. [Irish] To be able to speak a language.
  15. To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.
  16. To be afflicted with, to suffer from, to experience something negative
  17. To trick, to deceive
  18. [transitive, often with present participle] Allow.


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Phrases with Have

Phrases starting with the word Have:

  1. Have at
  2. Have It
  3. have on
  4. Have to
  5. Have Up
  6. Have Fun
  7. have got
  8. Have Not
  9. have sex
  10. have-not
  11. have a go
  12. have down
  13. Have Nots
  14. have time
  15. Have-a-Go
  16. Have a Cow
  17. Have a Few
  18. have a fit

Phrases ending with the word Have:

  1. to have
  2. Must-Have

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Have

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Google previewKey and Companion to English Grammar, Past and Present (1900)

by John Collinson Nesfield

The verb have is the Auxiliary used for expressing all the Perfect tenses of the Indie. and Subjunctive, the Perfect Infinitive, the Perfect participle, and the Gerund in past time.

Here have is an Auxiliary verb, helping to form the Present Perfect tense " have written.

Here have is a pure Auxiliary, as in the previous example ; as such it can be followed by an Intrans. verb as easily as by a Trans. one.

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A Common Sense Approach by Robert D. Drennan

According to the shape of the special batch, however, a good many of the possible populations have means outside that range. Thus we are only moderately confident that the population our sample came from has a mean between 3.30 cm ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices

A plenary indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who on the occasion of a mission have heard some of the sermons and are present for its solemn conclusion. (The Handbook of Indulgences, n. 4 1 .) LITANY A prayer in the form of ...

Google previewA New General English Dictionary; Peculiarly Calculated for the Use and Improvement of Such as are Unacquainted with the Learned Languages... To which is Prefixed, a Compendious English Grammar... Together with a Supplement, of the Proper Names of the Most Noted Kingdoms, Provinces... Originally Begun by the Late Reverend Mr. Thomas Dyche..., and Now Finishʼd by William Pardon.. (1740)

by Thomas Dyche, William Pardon

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Usage statistics about have

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb have:


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Quotes about Have

You have to have pace, you have to have high production values, you have to have interesting graphics, and you have to have attractive people. CNN could afford not to be so obedient to those commands, and for a long time, it wasn't. (Brit Hume)
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Scrabble value of H4A1V4E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of HAVE

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