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have

  

      vb   , has, having, had   mainly tr  
1    to be in material possession of; own  
he has two cars     
2    to possess as a characteristic quality or attribute  
he has dark hair     
3    to receive, take, or obtain  
she had a present from him, have a look     
4    to hold or entertain in the mind  
to have an idea     
5    to possess a knowledge or understanding of  
I have no German     
6    to experience or undergo  
to have a shock     
7    to be infected with or suffer from  
to have a cold     
8    to gain control of or advantage over  
you have me on that point     
9    usually passive  
Slang   to cheat or outwit  
he was had by that dishonest salesman     
10    foll by: on   to exhibit (mercy, compassion, etc., towards)  
have mercy on us, Lord     
11    to engage or take part in  
to have a conversation     
12    to arrange, carry out, or hold  
to have a party     
13    to cause, compel, or require to (be, do, or be done)  
have my shoes mended     
14    takes an infinitive with: to   used as an auxiliary to express compulsion or necessity  
I had to run quickly to escape him     
15    to eat, drink, or partake of  
to have a good meal     
16    Taboo slang   to have sexual intercourse with  
he had her on the sofa     
17    used with a negative   to tolerate or allow  
I won't have all this noise     
18    to declare, state, or assert  
rumour has it that they will marry     
19    to put or place  
I'll have the sofa in this room     
20    to receive as a guest  
to have three people to stay     
21    to beget or bear (offspring)  
she had three children     
22    takes a past participle   used as an auxiliary to form compound tenses expressing completed action  
I have gone, I shall have gone, I would have gone, I had gone     
23    had better or best   ought to: used to express compulsion, obligation, etc.  
you had better go     
24    had rather or sooner   to consider or find preferable that  
I had rather you left at once     
25    have done      See       done       3  
26    have had it  
Informal  
a    to be exhausted, defeated, or killed  
b    to have lost one's last chance  
c    to become unfashionable  
27    have it   to win a victory  
28    have it away (or off)  
Taboo     (Brit)  
slang   to have sexual intercourse  
29    have it coming  
Informal   to be about to receive or to merit punishment or retribution  
30    have it in for  
Informal   to wish or intend harm towards  
31    have it so good   to have so many benefits, esp. material benefits  
32    have to do with  
a    to have dealings or associate with  
I have nothing to do with her     
b    to be of relevance to  
this has nothing to do with you     
33    I have it  
Informal   I know the answer  
34    let (someone) have it  
Slang   to launch or deliver an attack on, esp. to discharge a firearm at (someone)  
35    not having any   foll by: of  
Informal   refusing to take part or be involved (in)  
      n  
36    usually pl   a person or group of people in possession of wealth, security, etc.  
the haves and the have-nots         See also       have at       have in       have on       have out       have up  
     (Old English habban; related to Old Norse hafa, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German haben, Latin habere)  


have-a-go  
      adj  
Informal   (of people attempting arduous or dangerous tasks) brave or spirited  
a have-a-go pensioner     
have at  
      vb   intr, prep  
Archaic   to make an opening attack on, esp. in fencing  
have in  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to ask (a person) to give a service  
we must have the electrician in to mend the fire     
2    to invite to one's home  
have-not  
      n   usually pl   a person or group of people in possession of relatively little material wealth  
have on  
      vb   tr  
1    usually adv   to wear  
2    usually adv   to have (a meeting or engagement) arranged as a commitment  
what does your boss have on this afternoon?     
3    adv  
Informal   to trick or tease (a person)  
4    prep   to have available (information or evidence, esp. when incriminating) about (a person)  
the police had nothing on him, so they let him go     
have out  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to settle (a matter) or come to (a final decision), esp. by fighting or by frank discussion (often in the phrase have it out)  
2    to have extracted or removed  
I had a tooth out     
have up  
      vb   tr, adv; usually passive   to cause to appear for trial  
he was had up for breaking and entering     
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
be a man
familiar
exp.
have a great time; enjoy oneself
adj.
to be gutsy means to have guts
to be gutsy: avoir du cran
n.
a pair of straps used by men for holding up trousers or pants
exp.
yell at someone; attack someone verbally or physically
[Slang];[UK]
v.
to continue to have something, to keep something
Sentence: I think that my English still retains a Japanese accent.
id.
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
exp.
mind about smth./smb.; be disturbed by smth./smb.
E.g.: She has a beef with people smoking next to her.
adj.
fairly large, especially large enough to have an effect or be important
[US] The series has aroused considerable interest.
exp.
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
exp.
ça craint! ; c'est nul!
[Arg.];[Slang]
exp.
I have no idea; I don't have a clue
[Informal] E.g.: Why was she upset? - Beats me!
exp.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
exp.
have a powerful impact on someone; impress; generate an emotion (positive, but also negative)
it can be used to describe a feeling of fear or a positive emotion; e.g.: "This violin music gives me the chills" or "Being all alone in that old house after dark...it gave me the chills."
v.
used for saying that you think someone is spending too much money on things they do not need
exp.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
exp.
not matter; have no value or effect; be useless
n.
If someone or something that they have done is savaged by another person, that person criticizes them severely.
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things.
[Slang] related to bro-mance
n.
When men have quality time together, and do "guy" things
exp.
You say 'top that!' when you have achieved something and you want to challenge other people to do better
I know four celebrities - top that!
adj.
when a shop is boarded up, it means it is no longer in business and that wooden planks have been nailed over its windows.
one in seven shops in the UK are boarded up
n.
A meeting of people who have the same interests, or belong to the same organization
I like conventions more than meeting with people who have nothing in common with me.
n.
money paid to someone because they have suffered injury or loss, or because they own has been damaged
[US] She received compensation from the government for the damage caused to her property.
n.
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
exp.
expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
conj.
albeit although, even if, even though, notwithstanding that, tho' (U.S. or poetic) though
Charles's letter was indeed published, albeit in a somewhat abbreviated form.
exp.
En cualquier momento, tendré pruebas para conformarlo.

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