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British pronunciation/hˈav/
American pronunciation/ˈhæv/
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to hold or own something

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to have definition and meaning
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to get or receive something

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We had a call from the school about the upcoming event.
She had an email from the client with feedback.
Can I have a moment of your expertise on this issue?
Can I have a refill on my coffee, please?
Can I have the latest report, please?
1.2

used to indicate the relationships between people, as in family members, friends, or acquaintances

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We have two grandparents on my mother's side.
She has a close friend from her hometown.
He has a cousin living in Australia.
She has a neighbor with whom she shares a hobby.
I have a cousin who is a professional chef.
1.3

to possess a feature or quality

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The old house has a charming vintage look.
She has a beautiful singing voice.
She has a remarkable talent for playing the violin.
He has a great sense of humor that lightens the mood.
She has the audacity to speak her mind.
1.4

to receive someone as a guest

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They had us for a game night at their place.
She has her in-laws for a family dinner every Sunday.
They had us for dinner at their new place.
We're having relatives stay with us during the holidays.
I'd love to join you for dinner if you're having company.
1.5

to accept or take a particular person for a specific position or role

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Who did they have as the moderator for the panel discussion?
In the upcoming event, who should we have as the keynote speaker?
Who are we going to have as the new project manager?
They wouldn't have him as the lead actor in the play.
The team is considering who to have as the spokesperson.
1.6

to cause a specific effect on a person or thing

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A healthy lifestyle can have a positive effect on overall well-being.
The new policy has a positive influence on workplace morale.
The documentary had a lasting influence on my perception of environmental issues.
Skipping regular maintenance can have a detrimental impact on your car's performance.
His reckless driving has the potential to have severe consequences for everyone on the road.
1.7

to contain or include a specific item, number, or group

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The folder has documents for the upcoming meeting.
The museum has an impressive collection of ancient artifacts.
The jar has 100 marbles of different colors.
The conference had 500 attendees from around the world.
The contract has your signature on the last page.
1.8

to possess the ability or opportunity to make use of something that is available

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We have no access to the restricted area.
Do you have any available appointments for tomorrow?
We don't have any more copies of that magazine.
You have only one chance to solve the puzzle.
You have only five minutes to complete the task.
1.9

to accept to marry someone

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She wouldn't have just any man.
Will you have me as your husband?
I'll gladly have him as my husband if he proposes.
After much consideration, she decided to have him as her partner.
He was thrilled when she said she would have him as her husband.
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to undergo or experience something

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to suffer from a disease, injury, or pain

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The athlete had a sprained wrist from a sports injury.
I had an extremely bad headache yesterday.
He had a severe allergic reaction to the bee sting.
Many children had chickenpox before the vaccine became widespread.
She had the flu last week and had to take time off work.
2.2

to cause someone or something to undergo or experience something

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They have their research findings contributing to scientific knowledge.
She has her inbox overflowing with emails from clients.
She has her social media followers interacting with her posts.
They have the team working on a new marketing strategy.
The project has its team members collaborating seamlessly.
2.3

to allow or accept with no complaint

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The coach won't have players disrespecting their teammates.
The restaurant won't have patrons disturbing others with loud behavior.
We'll have no more of your disruptive behavior in the office.
Parents won't have their children skipping school without consequences.
We can't have employees ignoring safety protocols in the workplace.
2.4

to be in a position in which one needs or is required to do something

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The students have assignments to complete over the weekend.
The team has a tight deadline to meet for the project.
We have a presentation to prepare for next week.
She has a list of errands to run before the store closes.
He has an exam tomorrow, so he's studying all night.
2.5

to be affected by an action someone else does to one

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The patient had her medical records accessed without authorization.
The patient had his appendix removed in the emergency surgery.
The business owner had his storefront damaged during the protest.
The company had its data breached by hackers.
She had her phone confiscated by the teacher.
2.6

to express the occurrence of thoughts, feelings, or ideas in one's mind

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We have a few reservations about the proposed changes.
They had a brilliant idea for a new project.
We have complete trust in your judgment.
She has a great deal of confidence in her team's abilities.
He had an unsettling suspicion that something wasn't quite right.
2.7

to trick someone and make them believe something untrue

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I hate to break it to you, but I think you've been had by that online seller.
I hate to break it to you, but I think you've been had by that online seller.
It's important to verify information to ensure you're not being had by misinformation.
2.8

to cause someone to react in a certain manner

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The speaker had the participants nodding in agreement.
The speaker had the crowd applauding enthusiastically.
The singer had the crowd singing along to every word.
The conductor had the orchestra playing with great emotion.
They had the audience laughing throughout the performance.
2.9

to be with a particular person

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The couple had their dog with them on the hiking trail.
She had her colleagues with her during the business trip.
He had his family with him at the event.
I'll have my brother with me at the party tonight.
Do you mind if I have a friend with me for the dinner?
2.10

to make someone or something be in a specific state or condition

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The project manager has a group of dedicated researchers exploring innovative ideas.
It's challenging to concentrate when she has the TV on at full volume.
The engineer had the machine running smoothly again.
The chef had the dish seasoned to perfection.
She had the room decorated beautifully for the party.
03

(dummy verb) to perform an action that is specified by a noun

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to give birth to a baby

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The rescue dog had puppies just a few weeks after adoption.
The cat had her kittens in a cozy corner of the house.
The couple had their second child yesterday.
She had a healthy baby boy after a smooth delivery.
She's excited to have her first child in a few months.
3.2

to make someone do a particular task or action by asking or instructing them

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The coach had the players practice specific drills.
Have her contact me when she returns.
I'll have Jack guide you to your room.
I'll have the staff send you the necessary documents.
You should have someone inspect that for you.
3.3

to eat or drink something

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They had pizza for dinner last night.
I usually have lunch at the cafeteria near my office.
I had a sandwich for lunch today.
He had a glass of water to quench his thirst.
She likes to have a smoothie for breakfast.
3.4

to have sexual intercourse with someone

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She had him on her desk.
He says he's had lots of women.
He looks like he’s had lots of men.
He kept fantasizing about having her in his office.
3.5

to hold or arrange an event

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The school will have a science fair next month.
The company will have a conference to discuss the new strategies.
The community will have a festival to celebrate cultural diversity.
She had a birthday party for her son last weekend.
We had a wedding ceremony at the beautiful beach resort.
3.6

to make someone be at a position of disadvantage in an argument

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Well, you've got me there.
3.7

to smoke a tobacco or similar product

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I have a cigarillo on special occasions.
We had a cigarette together outside.
They had a joint in the backyard.
We had a hookah during the gathering.
He had a cigar to celebrate the occasion.
3.8

to be pregnant

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They have been trying to have a baby for a while.
I heard she's having twins.
They're planning to have a baby next year.
They have been trying to have a baby for a while.
She just found out she's going to have a baby.
3.9

to take a short rest or sleep

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The baby had a short snooze in the stroller while we were shopping.
He often has a snooze on the couch after lunch.
Having a lie down in a quiet room helps me relax.
After a busy morning, she decided to have a nap to recharge her energy.
I like to have a lie down in the afternoon to refresh my mind.
3.10

to clean oneself using water

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He usually has a shower after his workout.
He had a quick shower before the important meeting.
They had a wash to freshen up after the long journey.
They had a bath together to save water.
She has a bath every evening to relax.
3.11

to experience or undertake a travel

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The group of friends had an amazing journey hiking in the Himalayas.
They had a fantastic adventure exploring ancient ruins in Greece.
He had a memorable trip sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.
She had a thrilling adventure backpacking through the Amazon rainforest.
We're planning to have a road trip along the iconic Route 66.
3.12

to engage in communication with others

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The colleagues had a conversation during the lunch break.
The group had a discussion on environmental sustainability.
They had a talk about effective communication in the workplace.
She had a chat with her friend over a cup of coffee.
The team had a discussion to brainstorm new ideas.
3.13

to verbally express opposing views or differences with someone

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The colleagues had a tense argument during the meeting.
The neighbors had a noisy quarrel late into the night.
The couple had a serious argument about future plans.
She had a bitter dispute with her business partner over finances.
They had a heated dispute over the property boundaries.
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used for saying that something is in a specific position or state

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to hold something or someone in a certain way

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He had his face in his palms.
The defeated athlete had his hands on his knees, catching his breath.
The wrestler had his opponent by the leg, attempting a takedown.
The security guard had the intruder by the arm, preventing escape.
The chef had the lobster by the tail, ready to prepare the dish.
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(auxiliary) used with a past participle in forming perfect tenses

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to arrange for something to be done by someone for one

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to carry an item with oneself

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to show kindness or understanding toward someone in a difficult situation

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to acquire a favorable result by offering money or incentives, typically in an unethical manner

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to participate in a physical activity

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a person who possesses great material wealth

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Does your friend have a reliable computer?
The family has a profitable real estate business.
I have their email.
She has his contact details.
I have my grandmother's old necklace.
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