have

To have something means you possess it somehow. You may have a big house or have a lot of freckles on your nose.

English gives us a lot of ways to have — this is a common word. You can have brown eyes and black hair, have the flu, have a red bike, and have strong feelings about football. You might have doubts about whether having a party at your house is a good idea. Adults can have babies. Babies have parents and blankies. You could have a good time or a bad time while you're having friends over for a visit.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: have

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vn
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
a person who possesses great material wealth
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v
undergo
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v
cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
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v
organize or be responsible for
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: have
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v have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense

“She has $1,000 in the bank”
“He has got two beautiful daughters”
Synonyms:
have got, hold
feature
have as a feature
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keep, maintain, sustain
supply with necessities and support
hold on, keep
retain possession of
keep
look after; be the keeper of; have charge of
keep, maintain
maintain for use and service
keep
have as a supply
monopolise, monopolize
have or exploit a monopoly of
exert, maintain, wield
have and exercise
carry, stock, stockpile
have on hand
bear, hold
have rightfully; of rights, titles, and offices
carry
have or possess something abstract
patronage
support by being a patron of
reseed
maintain by seeding without human intervention
carry over, hold over
hold over goods to be sold for the next season
deny, refuse
refuse to let have
deduct, recoup, withhold
retain and refrain from disbursing; of payments
preserve, save
to keep up and reserve for personal or special use
conserve, keep up, maintain, preserve
keep in safety and protect from harm, decay, loss, or destruction
hive away, lay in, put in, salt away, stack away, stash away, store
keep or lay aside for future use
store
find a place for and put away for storage
hold, hold back, keep back, retain
secure and keep for possible future use or application
harbor, harbour
keep in one's possession; of animals
carry
keep up with financial support

v have as a feature

Synonyms:
feature
have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
own, possess
have ownership or possession of
Antonyms:
lack, miss
be without
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wear
have or show an appearance of
bear, wear
have on one's person
carry
have a certain range
carry
be equipped with (a mast or sail)
bear
have
give off
have as a by-product
combine, unite
have or possess in combination
star
feature as the star
boast, feature, sport
wear or display in an ostentatious or proud manner
possess
have as an attribute, knowledge, or skill
imply, involve
have as a necessary feature
bristle
have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles
abound, bristle, burst
be in a state of movement or action
brim
be completely full
carry, pack, take
have with oneself; have on one's person
read, say
have or contain a certain wording or form
wear
have in one's aspect; wear an expression of one's attitude or personality
carry
have as an inherent or characteristic feature or have as a consequence
carry
have on the surface or on the skin
co-star
feature as the co-star in a performance
exhibit
show an attribute, property, knowledge, or skill
carry
be necessarily associated with or result in or involve

v have ownership or possession of

“How many cars does she have?”
Synonyms:
own, possess
feature
have as a feature
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prepossess
possess beforehand

v get something; come into possession of

Synonyms:
receive
accept, take
receive willingly something given or offered
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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
fuel
take in fuel, as of a ship
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v serve oneself to, or consume regularly

Have another bowl of chicken soup!”
Synonyms:
consume, ingest, take, take in
Antonyms:
abstain, desist, refrain
choose not to consume
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hit
consume to excess
cannibalise, cannibalize
eat human flesh
habituate, use
take or consume (regularly or habitually)
eat
eat a meal; take a meal
eat
take in solid food
drink, imbibe
take in liquids
booze, drink, fuddle
consume alcohol
partake, touch
consume
eat, feed
take in food; used of animals only
fill, replete, sate, satiate
fill to satisfaction
sample, taste, try, try out
take a sample of
sop up, suck in, take in, take up
take up as if with a sponge
smoke
inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
do drugs, drug
use recreational drugs
get down, swallow
pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
sup
take solid or liquid food into the mouth a little at a time either by drinking or by eating with a spoon
take away, take out
buy and consume food from a restaurant or establishment that sells prepared food
victual
take in nourishment
wash down
eat food accompanied by lots of liquid; also use metaphorically
dine in, eat in
eat at home
dine out, eat out
eat at a restaurant or at somebody else's home
dine
have supper; eat dinner
picnic
eat alfresco, in the open air
fress, gluttonise, gluttonize
eat a lot and without restraint
wolf, wolf down
eat hastily
slurp
eat noisily
swill, swill down
drink large quantities of (liquid, especially alcoholic drink)
suck
draw into the mouth by creating a practical vacuum in the mouth
guggle, gurgle
drink from a flask with a gurgling sound
sip
drink in sips
guzzle
drink greedily or as if with great thirst
lap, lap up, lick
take up with the tongue
tank
consume excessive amounts of alcohol
port
drink port
claret
drink claret
bar hop, pub-crawl
go from one pub to the next and get progressively more drunk
bib, tipple
drink moderately but regularly
drink, tope
drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
break bread
have a meal, usually with company
receive
partake of the Holy Eucharist sacrament
fare
eat well
dig in, pitch in
eat heartily
nosh, snack
eat a snack; eat lightly
peck, peck at, pick at
eat like a bird
peck, pick up
eat by pecking at, like a bird
bolt, gobble
eat hastily without proper chewing
bolt down, garbage down, gobble up, shovel in
eat a large amount of food quickly
nibble, pick, piece
eat intermittently; take small bites of
ruminate
chew the cuds
drain the cup, drink up
drink to the last drop
mess
eat in a mess hall
board
lodge and take meals (at)
forage
wander and feed
raven
feed greedily
lunch
take the midday meal
brunch
eat a meal in the late morning
breakfast
eat an early morning meal
banquet, feast, junket
partake in a feast or banquet
suckle
suck milk from the mother's breasts
hit it up, inebriate, soak, souse
become drunk or drink excessively
wine
drink wine
dip, dunk
dip into a liquid while eating
binge, englut, engorge, glut, gorge, gormandise, gormandize, gourmandize, ingurgitate, overeat, overgorge, overindulge, pig out, satiate, scarf out, stuff
overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
cloy, pall
cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing
degust
taste with relish
devour, guttle, pig, raven
eat greedily
eat up, finish, polish off
finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
consume, devour, down, go through
eat immoderately
chain-smoke
smoke one cigarette after another; light one cigarette from the preceding one
puff, whiff
smoke and exhale strongly
inhale
draw deep into the lungs in by breathing
inject
take by injection
snort, take a hit
inhale through the nose
base, free-base
use (purified cocaine) by burning it and inhaling the fumes
drop
take (a drug, especially LSD), by mouth
dope
take drugs to improve one's athletic performance
gulp, quaff, swig
to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
belt down, bolt down, down, drink down, kill, pop, pour down, toss off
drink down entirely
bolt
swallow hastily
fill, fill up
eat until one is sated
carry, hold
drink alcohol without showing ill effects
browse, crop, graze, pasture, range
feed as in a meadow or pasture

v have sex with; archaic use

“He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable”
Synonyms:
take
Type of:
bang, be intimate, bed, bonk, do it, eff, fuck, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, hump, jazz, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, roll in the hay, screw, sleep together, sleep with
have sexual intercourse with

v have a personal or business relationship with someone

have a postdoc”
have an assistant”
have a lover”
Type of:
interact
act together or towards others or with others

v have left

“I have two years left”
“I don't have any money left”
“They have two more years before they retire”
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leave
have left or have as a remainder

v be confronted with

“What do we have here?”
“Now we have a fine mess”

v receive willingly something given or offered

“The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter”
“I won't have this dog in my house!”
Synonyms:
accept, take
receive
get something; come into possession of
Antonyms:
decline, pass up, refuse, reject, turn down
refuse to accept
disdain, freeze off, pooh-pooh, reject, scorn, spurn, turn down
reject with contempt
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accept, admit, take, take on
admit into a group or community
welcome
accept gladly
honor, honour
accept as pay
adopt, borrow, take over, take up
take up and practice as one's own
profess
receive into a religious order or congregation
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acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v achieve a point or goal

“Nicklaus had a 70”
Synonyms:
get, make
make
act in a certain way so as to acquire
Type of:
hit, rack up, score, tally
gain points in a game

n a person who possesses great material wealth

Synonyms:
rich person, wealthy person
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affluent
an affluent person; a person who is financially well off
Croesus
a very wealthy man
fat cat
a wealthy and privileged person
man of means, rich man, wealthy man
a man who is wealthy
millionairess
a woman millionaire
plutocrat
someone who exercises power by virtue of wealth
millionaire
a person whose material wealth is valued at more than a million dollars
billionaire
a very rich person whose material wealth is valued at more than a billion dollars
multi-billionaire
a very rich person whose material wealth is valued at many billions of dollars
nabob
a wealthy man (especially one who made his fortune in the Orient)
nob, toff
informal term for an upper-class or wealthy person
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
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v undergo

“The stocks had a fast run-up”
Synonyms:
experience
Types:
encounter, meet, receive
experience as a reaction
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)

“He had an insulin shock after eating three candy bars”
Synonyms:
get, suffer, sustain
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break down, collapse
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
cramp
suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
suffer a nervous breakdown
drop like flies
rapidly collapse, die, or drop out in large numbers
fall over, go over
fall forward and down
Type of:
experience, get, receive
go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

v suffer from; be ill with

“She has arthritis”
Synonyms
get, suffer, sustain
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
Type of:
hurt, suffer
feel pain or be in pain

v go through (mental or physical states or experiences)

have a feeling”
Synonyms:
experience, get, receive
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get, suffer, sustain
undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
take
experience or feel or submit to
horripilate
have one's hair stand on end and get goosebumps
break down, collapse
collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
cramp
suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle
break up, collapse, crack, crack up, crock up
suffer a nervous breakdown
Type of:
undergo
pass through

v cause to be born

“My wife had twins yesterday!”
Synonyms:
bear, birth, deliver, give birth
bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
be pregnant with
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twin
give birth to twins
drop
give birth; used for animals
foal
give birth to a foal
cub
give birth to cubs
kitten
have kittens
lamb
give birth to a lamb
litter
give birth to a litter of animals
pup, whelp
birth
farrow, pig
give birth
fawn
have fawns
calve, have young
birth
bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
be pregnant with
Type of:
bring forth, produce
bring forth or yield
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v cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition

Synonyms:
get, let
Type of:
get, make
give certain properties to something

v cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner

Synonyms:
cause, get, induce, make, stimulate
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decide
cause to decide
persuade
cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
bring
induce or persuade
solicit
incite, move, or persuade to some act of lawlessness or insubordination
encourage
spur on
let
actively cause something to happen
lead
cause to undertake a certain action
inspire, instigate, prompt
serve as the inciting cause of
suborn
induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something
force, thrust
impose urgently, importunately, or inexorably
hustle
pressure or urge someone into an action
bring around, bring round
cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
badger
persuade through constant efforts
sell
persuade somebody to accept something
chat up
talk to someone with the aim of persuading him
talk into
persuade somebody to do something
rope in
draw in as if with a rope; lure
blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
convert, convince, win over
make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
brainwash
persuade completely, often through coercion
give
guide or direct, as by behavior of persuasion
assure
assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
charm, influence, tempt
induce into action by using one's charm
prevail
use persuasion successfully
drag
persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
tempt
try presumptuously
make, score, seduce
induce to have sex
walk
make walk
coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
to cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means :"She forced him to take a job in the city"
clamor
compel someone to do something by insistent clamoring
condemn
compel or force into a particular state or activity
shame
compel through a sense of shame
apply, enforce, implement
ensure observance of laws and rules
enforce, impose
compel to behave in a certain way
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v organize or be responsible for

have, throw, or make a party”
Synonyms:
give, hold, make, throw
Type of:
direct
be in charge of
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