had

[ had ]
/ hæd /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of have.

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Definition for had (2 of 2)

Origin of have

before 900; Middle English haven, habben, Old English habban; cognate with German haben, Old Norse hafa, Gothic haban to have; perhaps akin to heave

synonym study for have

1. Have, hold, occupy, own, possess mean to be, in varying degrees, in possession of something. Have, being the most general word, admits of the widest range of application: to have money, rights, discretion, a disease, a glimpse, an idea; to have a friend's umbrella. To hold is to have in one's grasp or one's control, but not necessarily as one's own: to hold stakes. To occupy is to hold and use, but not necessarily by any right of ownership: to occupy a chair, a house, a position. To own is to have the full rights of property in a thing, which, however, another may be holding or enjoying: to own a house that is rented to tenants. Possess is a more formal equivalent for own and suggests control, and often occupation, of large holdings: to possess vast territories.

usage note for have

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH have

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British Dictionary definitions for had (1 of 2)

had
/ (hæd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of have

British Dictionary definitions for had (2 of 2)

have
/ (hæv) /

verb has, having or had (mainly tr)

noun

(usually plural) a person or group of people in possession of wealth, security, etcthe haves and the have-nots

Word Origin for have

Old English habban; related to Old Norse hafa, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German habēn, Latin habēre
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Idioms and Phrases with had (1 of 2)

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Idioms and Phrases with had (2 of 2)

have

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