Has vs. Have - What's the difference?


  • Have (verb)

    To possess, own, hold.

    "I have a house and a car."

    "Look what I have here — a frog I found on the street!"

  • Have (verb)

    To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).

    "I have two sisters."

    "I have a lot of work to do."

  • Have (verb)

    To partake of a particular substance (especially a food or drink) or action.

    "I have breakfast at six o'clock."

    "Can I have a look at that?"

    "I'm going to have some pizza and a beer right now."

  • Have (verb)

    To be scheduled to attend or participate in.

    "What class do you have right now? I have English."

    "Fred won't be able to come to the party; he has a meeting that day."

  • Have (verb)

    Used in forming the perfect aspect and the past perfect aspect.

    "I have already eaten today."

    "I had already eaten."

  • Have (verb)

    See have to.

    "I have to go."

  • Have (verb)

    To give birth to.

    "The couple always wanted to have children."

    "My wife is having the baby right now!"

    "My mother had me when she was 25."

  • Have (verb)

    To engage in sexual intercourse with.

    "He's always bragging about how many women he's had."

  • Have (verb)

    To accept as a romantic partner.

    "Despite my protestations of love, she would not have me."

  • Have (verb)

    To cause to, by a command, request or invitation.

    "They had me feed their dog while they were out of town."

  • Have (verb)

    To cause to be.

    "He had him arrested for trespassing."

    "The lecture's ending had the entire audience in tears."

  • Have (verb)

    To be affected by an occurrence. (Used in supplying a topic that is not a verb argument.)

    "The hospital had several patients contract pneumonia last week."

    "I've had three people today tell me my hair looks nice."

  • Have (verb)

    To depict as being.

    "Their stories differed; he said he'd been at work when the incident occurred, but her statement had him at home that entire evening."

  • Have (verb)

    Used as interrogative auxiliary verb with a following pronoun to form tag questions. (For further discussion, see "Usage notes" below.)

    "We haven't eaten dinner yet, have we?"

    "Your wife hasn't been reading that nonsense, has she?"

    "lb|en|UK usage He has some money, hasn't he?"

  • Have (verb)

    To defeat in a fight; take.

    "I could have him!"

    "I'm gonna have you!"

  • Have (verb)

    To be able to speak a language.

    "I have no German."

  • Have (verb)

    To feel or be (especially painfully) aware of.

    "Dan certainly has arms today, probably from scraping paint off four columns the day before."

  • Have (verb)

    To be afflicted with, suffer from.

    "He had a cold last week."

  • Have (verb)

    To experience, go through, undergo.

    "We had a hard year last year, with the locust swarms and all that."

    "He had surgery on his hip yesterday."

    "I'm having the time of my life!"

  • Have (verb)

    To trick, to deceive.

    "You had me alright! I never would have thought that was just a joke."

  • Have (verb)

    To allow; to tolerate.

    "The child screamed incessantly for his mother to buy him a toy, but she wasn't having any of it."

    "I asked my dad if I could go to the concert this Thursday, but he wouldn't have it since it's a school night."

  • Have (verb)

    To believe, buy, be taken in by.

    "I made up an excuse as to why I was out so late, but my wife wasn't having any of it."

  • Have (verb)

    To host someone; to take in as a guest.

    "Thank you for having me!"

  • Have (verb)

    To get a reading, measurement, or result from an instrument or calculation.

    "What do you have for problem two?"

    "I have two contacts on my scope."

  • Have (verb)

    To consider a court proceeding that has been completed; to begin deliberations on a case.

    "We'll schedule closing arguments for Thursday, and the jury will have the case by that afternoon."

  • Have (noun)

    A wealthy or privileged person.

  • Have (noun)

    One who has some (contextually specified) thing.

  • Have (noun)

    A fraud or deception; something misleading.

    "They advertise it as a great deal, but I think it's a bit of a have."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Have (verb)

    possess, own, or hold

    "have you got a job yet?"

    "he had a new car and a boat"

    "I don't have that much money on me"

  • Have (verb)

    possess (a quality, characteristic, or feature)

    "the ham had a sweet, smoky flavour"

    "the house has gas-fired central heating"

    "she's got blue eyes"

  • Have (verb)

    provide or indulge oneself with (something)

    "he had himself two highballs"

  • Have (verb)

    be made up of; comprise

    "in 1989 the party had 10,000 members"

  • Have (verb)

    used to indicate a particular relationship

    "do you have a client named Peters?"

    "he's got three children"

  • Have (verb)

    be able to make use of (something available or at one's disposal)

    "how much time have I got for the presentation?"

  • Have (verb)

    have gained (a qualification)

    "he's got a BA in English"

  • Have (verb)

    possess as an intellectual attainment; know (a language or subject)

    "he knew Latin and Greek; I had only a little French"

  • Have (verb)

    experience; undergo

    "I went to a few parties and had a good time"

    "I was having difficulty in keeping awake"

  • Have (verb)

    suffer from (an illness, ailment, or disability)

    "I've got a headache"

  • Have (verb)

    let (a feeling or thought) come into one's mind; hold in the mind

    "he had the strong impression that someone was watching him"

  • Have (verb)

    experience or suffer the specified action happening or being done to (something)

    "she had her bag stolen"

  • Have (verb)

    cause to be in a particular state or condition

    "I want to have everything ready in good time"

    "I had the TV on with the sound turned down"

  • Have (verb)

    cause (something) to be done for one by someone else

    "it is advisable to have your carpet laid by a professional"

  • Have (verb)

    tell or arrange for (someone) to do something for one

    "he had his bodyguards throw Chris out"

    "she's always having the builders in to do something or other"

  • Have (verb)

    have put (someone) at a disadvantage in an argument

    "you've got me there; I've never given the matter much thought"

  • Have (verb)

    cheat or deceive (someone)

    "I realized I'd been had"

  • Have (verb)

    engage in sexual intercourse with.

  • Have (verb)

    be obliged or find it necessary to do the specified thing

    "sorry, we've got to dash"

    "you don't have to accept this situation"

  • Have (verb)

    be strongly recommended to do something

    "if you think that place is great, you have to try our summer house"

  • Have (verb)

    be certain or inevitable to happen or be the case

    "there has to be a catch"

  • Have (verb)

    perform the action indicated by the noun specified (used especially in spoken English as an alternative to a more specific verb)

    "he had a look round"

    "the colour green has a restful effect"

  • Have (verb)

    organize and bring about

    "are you going to have a party?"

  • Have (verb)

    eat or drink

    "they had beans on toast"

  • Have (verb)

    give birth to or be due to give birth to

    "she's going to have a baby"

  • Have (verb)

    show (a personal attribute or quality) by one's actions or attitude

    "he had little patience with technological gadgetry"

    "you never even phoned, and now you've got the cheek to come back"

  • Have (verb)

    exercise or show (mercy, pity, etc.) towards another person

    "God have mercy on me!"

  • Have (verb)

    accept or tolerate

    "I can't have you insulting Tom like that"

  • Have (verb)

    place or keep (something) in a particular position

    "Mary had her back to me"

    "I soon had the trout in a net"

  • Have (verb)

    hold or grasp in a particular way

    "he had me by the throat"

  • Have (verb)

    be the recipient of (something sent, given, or done)

    "she had a letter from Mark"

  • Have (verb)

    take or invite into one's home so as to provide care or entertainment

    "we're having the children for the weekend"

  • Have (verb)

    used with a past participle to form the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses, and the conditional mood

    "he had asked her"

    "I have finished"

    "she will have left by now"

    "‘Have you seen him?’ ‘Yes, I have.’"

    "I could have helped, had I known"

  • Have (noun)

    people with plenty of money and possessions

    "an increasing gap between the haves and have-nots"

  • Have (noun)

    a swindle.

Webster Dictionary

  • Has

    3d pers. sing. pres. of Have.

  • Have

    To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm.

  • Have

    To possess, as something which appertains to, is connected with, or affects, one.

  • Have

    To accept possession of; to take or accept.

  • Have

    To get possession of; to obtain; to get.

  • Have

    To cause or procure to be; to effect; to exact; to desire; to require.

  • Have

    To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child.

  • Have

    To hold, regard, or esteem.

  • Have

    To cause or force to go; to take.

  • Have

    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 companion.

  • Have

    To be under necessity or obligation; to be compelled; followed by an infinitive.

  • Have

    To understand.

  • Have

    To put in an awkward position; to have the advantage of; as, that is where he had him.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Have (noun)

    a person who possesses great material wealth

  • Have (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"

    "She holds a Master's degree from Harvard"

  • Have (verb)

    have as a feature;

    "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"

  • Have (verb)

    of mental or physical states or experiences;

    "get an idea"

    "experience vertigo"

    "get nauseous"

    "undergo a strange sensation"

    "The chemical undergoes a sudden change"

    "The fluid undergoes shear"

    "receive injuries"

    "have a feeling"

  • Have (verb)

    have ownership or possession of;

    "He owns three houses in Florida"

    "How many cars does she have?"

  • Have (verb)

    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"

  • Have (verb)

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly;

    "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"

    "I don't take sugar in my coffee"

  • Have (verb)

    have a personal or business relationship with someone;

    "have a postdoc"

    "have an assistant"

    "have a lover"

  • Have (verb)

    organize or be responsible for;

    "hold a reception"

    "have, throw, or make a party"

    "give a course"

  • Have (verb)

    have left;

    "I have two years left"

    "I don't have any money left"

    "They have two more years before they retire"

  • Have (verb)

    be confronted with;

    "What do we have here?"

    "Now we have a fine mess"

  • Have (verb)


    "The stocks had a fast run-up"

  • Have (verb)

    suffer from; be ill with;

    "She has arthritis"

  • Have (verb)

    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"

  • Have (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!"

    "Please accept my present"

  • Have (verb)

    get something; come into possession of;

    "receive payment"

    "receive a gift"

    "receive letters from the front"

  • Have (verb)

    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"

  • Have (verb)

    achieve a point or goal;

    "Nicklaus had a 70"

    "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"

    "She made 29 points that day"

  • Have (verb)

    give birth (to a newborn);

    "My wife had twins yesterday!"

  • Have (verb)

    have sex with; archaic use;

    "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable"

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