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.