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Have \Have\ (h[a^]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Had} (h[a^]d); p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Having}. Indic. present, I {have}, thou {hast}, he {has}; we, ye, they {have}.] [OE. haven, habben, AS. habben (imperf. h[ae]fde, p. p. geh[ae]fd); akin to OS. hebbian, D. hebben, OFries. hebba, OHG. hab[=e]n, G. haben, Icel. hafa, Sw. hafva, Dan. have, Goth. haban, and prob. to L. habere, whence F. avoir. Cf. {Able}, {Avoirdupois}, {Binnacle}, {Habit}.]
     1. To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm. [1913 Webster]

     2. To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one. [1913 Webster]

              The earth hath bubbles, as the water has. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              He had a fever late.                  --Keats. [1913 Webster]

     3. To accept possession of; to take or accept. [1913 Webster]

              Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me?                              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. To get possession of; to obtain; to get. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     5. To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require. [1913 Webster]

              I had the church accurately described to me. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

              Wouldst thou have me turn traitor also? --Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster]

     6. To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child. [1913 Webster]

     7. To hold, regard, or esteem.
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              Of them shall I be had in honor.      --2 Sam. vi.
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     8. To cause or force to go; to take. "The stars have us to bed." --Herbert. "Have out all men from me." --2 Sam. xiii. 9. [1913 Webster]

     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. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     10. To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive. [1913 Webster]

               Science has, and will long have, to be a divider and a separatist.                    --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]

               The laws of philology have to be established by external comparison and induction.   --Earle. [1913 Webster]

     11. To understand.
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               You have me, have you not?           --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     12. To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

     Note: Have, as an auxiliary verb, is used with the past participle to form preterit tenses; as, I have loved; I shall have eaten. Originally it was used only with the participle of transitive verbs, and denoted the possession of the object in the state indicated by the participle; as, I have conquered him, I have or hold him in a conquered state; but it has long since lost this independent significance, and is used with the participles both of transitive and intransitive verbs as a device for expressing past time. Had is used, especially in poetry, for would have or should have. [1913 Webster]

                 Myself for such a face had boldly died.
                                                    --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     {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} (with). 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.

     Syn: To possess; to own. See {Possess}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

329 Moby Thesaurus words for "have":
     absorb, accept, acquire, admit, affirm, allege, allow, annex, announce, annunciate, appreciate, apprehend, argue, arrange, assert, assever, asseverate, assimilate, assume, aver, avouch, avow, be acquainted with, be apprised of, be aware of, be cognizant of, be confined, be conscious of, be conversant with, be enfeoffed of, be exposed to, be informed, be possessed of, be seized of, be subjected to, be with one, bear, bear a child, bear with, bear young, beat, beget, beguile of, bilk, bind, blink at, boast, bosom, brook, bunco, burn, buy, buy off, calve, carry, cast, catch, catch on, cause, cause to, chalk up, cheat, cherish, chisel, chouse, chouse out of, claim, cling to, clip, cog, cog the dice, cognize, come by, come in for, command, compass, compel, compose, comprehend, comprise, con, conceive, conceptualize, condone, connive at, constrain, contain, contend, countenance, cozen, crib, deceive, declare, defraud, deliver, demand, derive, derive from, diddle, dig, digest, discern, distinguish, do in, do out of, drag down, draw, draw from, drink, drive, drop, eat, embody, embosom, embrace, encompass, encounter, endure, enforce, enjoy, entertain, enunciate, euchre, experience, express, farrow, father, fathom, fawn, feel, fill, finagle, fix, flam, fleece, flimflam, foal, fob, follow, fondle, fool, force, foster, fudge, gain, get, get hold of, get the drift, get the idea, get the picture, give birth, give birth to, go through, gouge, grasp, gull, gyp, harbor, have a baby, have and hold, have coming in, have in hand, have information about, have it taped, have knowledge of, have on, have tenure of, have young, hear of, hocus, hocus-pocus, hold, hold on to, hug, identify, impel, include, induce, indulge, insist, involve, issue a manifesto, keep, ken, kitten, know, know again, labor, labor under, lamb, land, lay down, learn, leave, let, lie in, litter, lubricate, maintain, make, make out, manifesto, master, meet, meet up with, meet with, mulct, must, nail, need, nurse, nurture, oblige, obtain, occupy, organize, ought to, outfox, outreach, outsmart, overlook, overreach, own, pack the deal, partake of, participate in, pass through, pay, peg, perceive, permit, pick up, pigeon, place, possess, practice fraud upon, predicate, prefer to, prehend, prepare, press, proclaim, procure, profess, pronounce, protest, pull down, pup, put, put it, put up with, read, realize, recall knowledge of, receive, recognize, reidentify, require, restrain, retain, rook, run up against, savvy, say, scam, screw, secure, see, seize, seize the meaning, sell gold bricks, sense, set down, set up, shave, shortchange, should, sire, sop, speak, speak out, speak up, spend, spot, square, squat, squat on, stack the cards, stand for, stand on, stand under, state, stick, sting, stomach, submit, subsume, suffer, sustain, swindle, take, take a dive, take in, take on, take over, tamper with, taste, tease, tell, thimblerig, throw, throw a fight, tie, tolerate, travail, treasure, treasure up, trick, undergo, understand, undo, use force upon, usucapt, victimize, whelp, wink at, wot, wot of, yean


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