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.

Definitions of have
  1. verb
    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
  2. verb
    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
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    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
    possess or display some desirable feature
    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
  3. verb
    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
  4. verb
    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
    deal 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
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  5. verb
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
    Have another bowl of chicken soup!”
    synonyms: consume, ingest, take, take in
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    abstain, desist, refrain
    choose not to partake in or 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
    eat
    take in solid food
    fress, gluttonise, gluttonize
    eat a lot and without restraint
    wolf, wolf down
    eat hastily
    slurp
    eat or drink 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, scarf
    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 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
  6. verb
    have sex with; archaic use
    “He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable”
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    have intercourse, have sex, love, roll in the hay
    have sexual intercourse with
  7. verb
    have a personal or business relationship with someone
    have a postdoc”
    have an assistant”
    have a lover”
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    interact
    act together or towards others or with others
  8. verb
    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
  9. verb
    be confronted with
    “What do we have here?”
    “Now we have a fine mess”
  10. verb
    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
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    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
  11. verb
    achieve a point or goal
    “Nicklaus had a 70”
    synonyms: get, make
    make
    act in a certain way so as to acquire
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    hit, rack up, score, tally
    gain points in a game
  12. noun
    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
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    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  13. verb
    undergo
    “The stocks had a fast run-up”
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    encounter, meet, receive
    experience as a reaction
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  14. verb
    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
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    experience, get, receive
    go through (mental or physical states or experiences)
  15. verb
    suffer from; be ill with
    “She has arthritis”
    Synonyms:
    get, suffer, sustain
    undergo (as of injuries and illnesses)
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    hurt, suffer
    feel pain or be in pain
  16. verb
    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
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    undergo
    pass through
  17. verb
    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
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    bring forth, produce
    bring forth or yield
  18. verb
    cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or condition
    synonyms: get, let
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    get, make
    give certain properties to something
  19. verb
    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
    walk
    make walk
    coerce, force, hale, pressure, squeeze
    cause to do through pressure or necessity, by physical, moral or intellectual means
    clamor, clamour
    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
  20. verb
    organize or be responsible for
    have, throw, or make a party”
    synonyms: give, hold, make, throw
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    direct
    be in charge of
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