1 (the haves) informal people with plenty of money and possessions:an increasing gap between the haves and have-nots
2 [in singular]British informal, dated a swindle.
1 (also have got) possess, own, or hold:he had a new car and a boathave you got a job yet?I don’t have that much money on me
possess (a quality, characteristic, or feature):the ham had a sweet, smoky flavourshe’s got blue eyesthe house has gas-fired central heating
(have oneself) informal, chiefly North American provide or indulge oneself with (something):he had himself two highballs
be made up of; comprise:in 1989 the party had 10,000 members
used to indicate a particular relationship:he’s got three childrendo you have a client named Peters?
be able to make use of (something available or at one’s disposal):how much time have I got for the presentation?
possess as an intellectual attainment; know (a language or subject):he knew Latin and Greek; I had only a little French
2experience; undergo:I went to a few parties and had a good timeI was having difficulty in keeping awake
(also have got) suffer from (an illness, ailment, or disability):I’ve got a headache
(also have got) let (a feeling or thought) come into one’s mind; hold in the mind:he had the strong impression that someone was watching him
[with past participle] experience or suffer the specified action happening or being done to (something):she had her bag stolen
[with object and complement] cause to be in a particular state or condition:I want to have everything ready in good timeI had the TV on with the sound turned down
[with past participle] cause (something) to be done for one by someone else:it is advisable to have your carpet laid by a professional
tell or arrange for (someone) to do something for one: [with object and infinitive]:he had his bodyguards throw Chris outshe’s always having the builders in to do something or other
(also have got) informal have put (someone) at a disadvantage in an argument:you’ve got me there; I’ve never given the matter much thought
informal cheat or deceive (someone):I realized I’d been had
vulgar slang engage in sexual intercourse with.
3 (have to or have got to do something) be obliged or find it necessary to do the specified thing:you don’t have to accept this situationsorry, we’ve got to dash
be strongly recommended to do something:if you think that place is great, you have to try our summer house
be certain or inevitable to happen or be the case:there has to be a catch
4perform the action indicated by the noun specified (used especially in spoken English as an alternative to a more specific verb):he had a look roundthe colour green has a restful effect
organize and bring about:are you going to have a party?
eat or drink:they had beans on toast
give birth to or be due to give birth to:she’s going to have a baby
5 (also have got) show (a personal attribute or quality) by one’s actions or attitude:he had little patience with technological gadgetry [with object and infinitive]:you never even phoned, and now you’ve got the cheek to come back
[often in imperative] exercise or show (mercy, pity, etc.) towards another person:God have mercy on me!
[with negative] accept or tolerate:I can’t have you insulting Tom like that
6 (also have got) [with object and adverbial of place] place or keep (something) in a particular position:Mary had her back to meI soon had the trout in a net
hold or grasp in a particular way:he had me by the throat
7be the recipient of (something sent, given, or done):she had a letter from Mark
take or invite into one’s home so as to provide care or entertainment:we’re having the children for the weekend
used with a past participle to form the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses, and the conditional mood:I have finishedhe had asked hershe will have left by nowI could have helped, had I known‘Have you seen him?’ ‘Yes, I have.’