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Idioms for have

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

SYNONYMS FOR have

ANTONYMS FOR have

1 lack.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH have

halve have

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

See of2.

Definition for had better (2 of 2)

Origin of better

1
before 900; Middle English bettre, Old English bet(t)(e)ra; cognate with Old High German bezziro (German besser), Dutch beter, Old Norse betr, Gothic batiza, equivalent to bat- (cognate with Old High German baz (adv.) better; akin to boot2) + -iza comparative suffix; suggested relation to Sanskrit bhadrá- “fortunate” is doubtful. See best

SYNONYMS FOR better

OTHER WORDS FROM better

un·bet·tered, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH better

better bettor
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British Dictionary definitions for had better (1 of 3)

Word Origin for better

Old English betera; related to Old Norse betri, Gothic batiza, Old High German beziro

British Dictionary definitions for had better (2 of 3)

better2

esp US bettor

/ (ˈbɛtə) /

noun

a person who bets

British Dictionary definitions for had better (3 of 3)

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 better (1 of 3)

had better

Also, had best. Ought to, should. For example, You had better finish this one before starting another, or We had best be going. [Mid-1400s] Also see you'd better believe it.

Idioms and Phrases with had better (2 of 3)

better

Idioms and Phrases with had better (3 of 3)

have

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