[syn: take, have]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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,
1. To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a
2. To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected
with, or affects, one.
The earth hath bubbles, as the water has. --Shak.
He had a fever late. --Keats.
3. To accept possession of; to take or accept.
Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou
have me? --Shak.
4. To get possession of; to obtain; to get. --Shak.
5. To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire;
I had the church accurately described to me. --Sir
Wouldst thou have me turn traitor also? --Ld.
6. To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child.
7. To hold, regard, or esteem.
Of them shall I be had in honor. --2 Sam. vi.
8. To cause or force to go; to take. "The stars have us to
bed." --Herbert. "Have out all men from me." --2 Sam.
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
10. To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled;
followed by an infinitive.
Science has, and will long have, to be a divider
and a separatist. --M. Arnold.
The laws of philology have to be established by
external comparison and induction. --Earle.
11. To understand.
You have me, have you not? --Shak.
12. To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of;
as, that is where he had him. [Slang]
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.
Myself for such a face had boldly died.
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
To have on, to wear.
To have to do with. See under Do, v. t.
Syn: To possess; to own. See Possess.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person who possesses great material wealth [syn: rich
person, wealthy person, have]
v 1: have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense;
"She has $1,000 in the bank"; "He has got two beautiful
daughters"; "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"
[syn: have, have got, hold]
2: have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous
chefs in France" [syn: have, feature] [ant: lack,
3: go through (mental or physical states or experiences); "get
an idea"; "experience vertigo"; "get nauseous"; "receive
injuries"; "have a feeling" [syn: experience, receive,
4: have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in
Florida"; "How many cars does she have?" [syn: own, have,
5: cause to move; cause to be in a certain position or
condition; "He got his squad on the ball"; "This let me in
for a big surprise"; "He got a girl into trouble" [syn:
get, let, have]
6: serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of
chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee" [syn:
consume, ingest, take in, take, have] [ant:
abstain, desist, refrain]
7: have a personal or business relationship with someone; "have
a postdoc"; "have an assistant"; "have a lover"
8: organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have,
throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold,
throw, have, make, give]
9: have left; "I have two years left"; "I don't have any money
left"; "They have two more years before they retire"
10: be confronted with; "What do we have here?"; "Now we have a
11: undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" [syn: have,
12: suffer from; be ill with; "She has arthritis"
13: cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads
induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy
a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa" [syn:
induce, stimulate, cause, have, get, make]
14: 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!"; "Please accept my present" [syn:
accept, take, have] [ant: decline, pass up,
refuse, reject, turn down]
15: get something; come into possession of; "receive payment";
"receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn:
16: undergo (as of injuries and illnesses); "She suffered a
fracture in the accident"; "He had an insulin shock after
eating three candy bars"; "She got a bruise on her leg"; "He
got his arm broken in the scuffle" [syn: suffer,
sustain, have, get]
17: achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian
team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn:
have, get, make]
18: cause to be born; "My wife had twins yesterday!" [syn: give
birth, deliver, bear, birth, have]
19: have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when
she was most vulnerable" [syn: take, have]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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