Definition of Have

Pronunciation: hăv
v. t.1.To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm.
[imp. & p. p. Had (hăd); p. pr. & vb. n. Having. Indic. present, I have, thou hast, he has; we, ye, they have.]
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.
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.
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
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.

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