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As...had predicted
As Liz had predicted, the rumours were soon forgotten.
be bigger/smaller/worse etc than you had imagined
▪ The job interview proved to be much worse than I had imagined it would be.
had a barbecue
▪ We had a barbecue on the beach.
had a blast
▪ We had a blast at the fair.
had a brainstorm
▪ I must have had a brainstorm that afternoon.
had a clear-out
▪ I had a clear-out and got rid of a lot of old toys.
had a criminal record
▪ He already had a criminal record.
had a death wish
▪ Before I did the jump, people would ask if I had a death wish.
had a good cry
▪ She sat down and had a good cry.
had a good go (=tried hard)
▪ I had a good go at cleaning the silver.
had a high opinion of
▪ I’ve always had a high opinion of her work.
had a liking
▪ Jim and Keith had a liking and respect for each other.
had a lot in common with
▪ I found I had a lot in common with these people.
had a narrow escape
▪ A woman had a narrow escape yesterday when her car left the road.
had a natter
▪ We sat down and had a natter and a cup of tea.
had a run-in
▪ Michael got drunk and had a run-in with the police.
had a scratch
▪ He stretched and had a scratch.
had a senior moment
▪ I had a senior moment and just couldn’t think of his name.
had a special place in...heart
▪ Her second son had a special place in her heart.
had a sudden brainstorm
▪ Kirby had a sudden brainstorm.
had a weak spot for
▪ I’ve always had a weak spot for chocolate.
had a yen
▪ She’d always had a yen to write a book.
had a...crush on
▪ She had a huge crush on her geography teacher.
had a...hangover
▪ I had a terrible hangover the next day.
had all the hallmarks of
▪ The explosion had all the hallmarks of a terrorist attack.
had an inkling
▪ I had an inkling that she was pregnant.
had an orgasm
▪ women who have never had an orgasm
had a...yearning
▪ He had a deep yearning to return to his home town.
had better not (=it is not a good idea)
▪ You had better not tell Oliver .
had cancer
▪ She was told last year that she had cancer.
had carte blanche
▪ She had carte blanche to produce a film suitable for children.
had control over
▪ By the end of the year, the rebels had control over the northern territories.
had dealings with
▪ We’ve had dealings with him in the past.
had discussions
▪ We have had discussions about her legal situation.
had flu
▪ I couldn’t go because I had flu.
had gone by the book (=had obeyed all the rules)
▪ There was no doubt that the referee had gone by the book.
had it all worked out (=had made very careful plans)
▪ I had it all worked out.
had much to commend it (=was very good)
▪ McKellen’s performance had much to commend it .
had no illusions about
▪ She had no illusions about her physical attractiveness.
had nothing to offer
▪ He felt he had nothing to offer her that she wanted.
had on
▪ All he had on was a pair of tattered shorts.
had recourse to
▪ We may conclude that he never had recourse to this simple experiment.
had repercussions
▪ The collapse of the company had repercussions for the whole industry.
had scarcely...when
▪ He had scarcely sat down when there was a knock at the door.
had sex
▪ They had sex in the back seat of his car.
had something on...mind
▪ He looked as though he had something on his mind.
had supper
▪ We had supper in a small Italian place.
had the consolation of
▪ He had the consolation of knowing that he couldn’t have done any better.
had the desired effect
▪ His remarks had the desired effect.
had the dubious honor
▪ The Stephensons had the dubious honor of being the 100th family to lose their home in the fire.
had the foresight
▪ Luckily I’d had the foresight to get in plenty of food.
had the forethought
▪ No one had the forethought to bring a map.
had the nous
▪ At least she had the nous to ring.
had the opposite effect
▪ I thought the medicine would make him sleep, but it had the opposite effect.
had the run of
▪ We had the run of the house for the afternoon.
had the temerity to
▪ He actually had the temerity to tell her to lose weight.
had to be seen to be believed (=you would not believe it if you did not see it yourself)
▪ The accommodation was so awful it had to be seen to be believed.
had to content...with
▪ Mr Lal has been asking for more responsibility, but has had to content himself with a minor managerial post.
had...brief fling
▪ They had a brief fling a few years ago.
had...brief flirtation
▪ She had a brief flirtation with Tim.
▪ I had a concussion and a lot of scrapes and bruises.
▪ They had a short conversation in German and seemed to be disagreeing about something.
had...deep affection
▪ Bart had a deep affection for the old man.
had...fall (=fell to the ground)
▪ Mrs Evans had a fall and broke her leg.
▪ He’s never had a girlfriend.
▪ At least she had the gumption to phone me. a headlock
▪ His opponent had him in a headlock. fits (=made us laugh a lot)
▪ Carl had us all in fits with his stories. spades
▪ Beauty, intelligence, wealth – my mother had all of them in spades.
▪ I’ve only had an hour’s kip.
had...marriage blessed
▪ The couple later had their marriage blessed in their local parish church.
▪ She had two miscarriages before she had her first child.
▪ For years Bell Telephone had a monopoly on telephone services in the US.
▪ We’ve had the house on the market for a month and not even had a nibble yet.
had...pegged as
▪ I’d had him pegged as a troublemaker.
▪ I had the same preconceptions about life in South Africa that many people have.
▪ When Anne didn’t arrive, Paul had a premonition that she was in danger.
▪ I had the great privilege to play for Yorkshire.
▪ She was cycling home when she had a puncture.
▪ She had a relapse and died soon after.
had...ripple effect
▪ The increase had a ripple effect through the whole financial market.
▪ He had no scruples about selling faulty goods to people.
▪ He had an epileptic seizure.
▪ I had 15 years seniority, and they couldn’t fire me.
▪ Tom and I had a bit of a set-to last night.
had...sinking feeling
▪ I had a sinking feeling inside as I realized I was going to fail yet again.
▪ The article had an anti-union slant.
had...snowball fight
▪ We had a massive snowball fight.
▪ I had a good long soak in the bath.
had...thrust upon
▪ He had marriage thrust upon him.
▪ Dave’s had a tiff with his girlfriend. contend with
▪ The rescue team also had bad weather conditions to contend with.
had...under control
▪ Firefighters had the blaze under control by 9:44 p.m.
have ever had the misfortune to do/of doing (=used for emphasizing how bad something is)
▪ He was the most arrogant man I'd ever had the misfortune of meeting.
have had one too many (=have drunk too much alcohol)
if I had known/if I’d have known
▪ I wouldn’t have come if I’d known you were so busy.
It had...slipped...mind that
It had completely slipped her mind that Dave still had a key to the house.
never had/did/was etc
▪ Never had she been so confused.
what sb had imagined (=what someone thought something would be like, before they saw it or experienced it)
▪ The office was not what he had imagined.
what...had in mind
▪ It was a nice house, but it wasn’t quite what we had in mind.
had best
▪ They had best be careful.
▪ All due, of course, to the fact that she had bested Travis McKenna.
▪ But pitchers had best take note as well.
▪ If so, we had best listen closely, since we will not get another chance.
▪ Meanwhile we had best prepare the way by showing that a medicine beyond verbal shamanism is an aching need.
▪ Perhaps we had best ask ourselves why our political institutions function as they do.
▪ Poets like Woodhouse had best go back to their jobs.
▪ The concept of differentiation is a key theme of our work, and we had best discuss it as the book unfolds.
had better
▪ I'd better not go out tonight; I'm really tired.
▪ You'd better phone Julie to say you'll be late.
▪ After what he has now said about a referendum, he had better watch out.
▪ Any organisation dismissing that vision as science-fiction had better look out.
▪ But Walter is a poor shade of what we have had better done.
▪ He thought he had better reread that part of the book.
▪ I did not want to go, but Dana said we had better do as they asked.
▪ I realized I had better hustle him out of there before he was asked about his acting career.
▪ In April 1911, he seemingly had better luck.
▪ They told Weary that he and Billy had better find somebody to surrender to.
had sb done sth
Had we known they were going to build a road right there, we would never have bought the house.
have had a bellyful of sb/sth
have had a few (too many)
▪ Ralph Nader may have had a few, but then again far, far too few to mention.
have had enough (of sth)
▪ I'd had enough of the neighbors' noise, so I called the police.
▪ But I think perhaps you have had enough lessons for one night.
▪ By Saturday, both parties appeared to have had enough.
▪ Eat what is on offer and enjoy it without guilt, but stop when you have had enough.
▪ If you have had enough, stop eating.
▪ Male speaker People have had enough of crime in rural areas.
▪ My guess is that many of you have had enough of life before modernity.
▪ Others, if they have had enough attention, will simply start to struggle and then leap down or move away.
▪ Whatever the explanation, many people in Hong Kong have had enough.
have had more than your fair share of sth
▪ Tim's had more than his fair share of bad luck this year.
have had one too many
▪ Ron looked like he'd had one too many.
have had your chips
▪ Is not this subject wholly appropriate for the Minister, because his Government have had their chips?
have had your fill of sth
he/she had a good innings
if I had my way
▪ If I had my way, there'd be a baseball game every day of the year.
▪ Well, I would ban them too if I had my way.
more sth than you've had hot dinners
no sooner had/did ... than
no sooner/hardly had ... than
▪ Alas, no sooner had he started than he realised it was no longer what he wanted.
▪ But no sooner had Miriam gone than Harry suddenly returned looking more cheerful than one might have expected.
▪ No sooner had he gone than one of the cameramen approached.
▪ No sooner had it begun than the rain seemed to end.
sb had (got) it coming
▪ He had it coming, and I did him in.
▪ Put like that and you might think they had it coming.
▪ That pair obviously just had it coming.
sb had better/best do sth
sb has been had
sb/sth has had it
▪ If it works, Mr Major has had it.
▪ Well, Arum has had it.
you had me worried
▪ You really had me worried - I thought you didn't like the present.
The Collaborative International Dictionary


Had \Had\ (h[a^]d), imp. & p. p. of Have. [OE. had, hafde, hefde, AS. h[ae]fde.] See Have.

Had as lief, Had rather, Had better, Had as soon, etc., with a nominative and followed by the infinitive without to, are well established idiomatic forms. The original construction was that of the dative with forms of be, followed by the infinitive. See Had better, under Better.

And lever me is be pore and trewe. [And more agreeable to me it is to be poor and true.]
--C. Mundi (Trans.).

Him had been lever to be syke.

For him was lever have at his bed's head Twenty bookes, clad in black or red, . . . Than robes rich, or fithel, or gay sawtrie.

Note: Gradually the nominative was substituted for the dative, and had for the forms of be. During the process of transition, the nominative with was or were, and the dative with had, are found.

Poor lady, she were better love a dream.

You were best hang yourself.
--Beau. & Fl.

Me rather had my heart might feel your love Than my unpleased eye see your courtesy.

I hadde levere than my scherte, That ye hadde rad his legende, as have I.

I had as lief not be as live to be In awe of such a thing as I myself.

I had rather be a dog and bay the moon, Than such a Roman.

I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
--Ps. lxxxiv. 10.


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, Habit.]

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

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

    The earth hath bubbles, as the water has.

    He had a fever late.

  3. To accept possession of; to take or accept.

    Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me?

  4. To get possession of; to obtain; to get.

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

    I had the church accurately described to me.
    --Sir W. Scott.

    Wouldst thou have me turn traitor also?
    --Ld. Lytton.

  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. 22.

  8. To cause or force to go; to take. ``The stars have us to bed.''
    --Herbert. ``Have out all men from me.''
    --2 Sam. xiii.

  9. 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 companion.

  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.

  11. To understand.

    You have me, have you not?

  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 conclusion.

    To have on, to wear.

    To have to do with. See under Do, v. t.

    Syn: To possess; to own. See Possess.



See have


  1. n. a person who possesses great material wealth [syn: rich person, wealthy person]

  2. [also: has, had]


  1. v. 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" [syn: have got, hold]

  2. have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France" [syn: feature] [ant: miss]

  3. 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" [syn: experience, receive, get, undergo]

  4. have ownership or possession of; "He owns three houses in Florida"; "How many cars does she have?" [syn: own, possess]

  5. 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" [syn: get, let]

  6. serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee" [syn: consume, ingest, take in, take] [ant: abstain]

  7. have a personal or business relationship with someone; "have a postdoc"; "have an assistant"; "have a lover"

  8. organize or be responsible for; "hold a reception"; "have, throw, or make a party"; "give a course" [syn: hold, throw, make, give]

  9. have left; "I have two years left"; "I don't have any money left"; "They have two more years before they retire"

  10. be confronted with; "What do we have here?"; "Now we have a fine mess"

  11. undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" [syn: experience]

  12. suffer from; be ill with; "She has arthritis"

  13. 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" [syn: induce, stimulate, cause, get, make]

  14. 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" [syn: accept, take] [ant: refuse]

  15. get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn: receive]

  16. 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" [syn: suffer, sustain, get]

  17. achieve a point or goal; "Nicklaus had a 70"; "The Brazilian team got 4 goals"; "She made 29 points that day" [syn: get, make]

  18. give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!" [syn: give birth, deliver, bear, birth]

  19. have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable" [syn: take]

  20. [also: has, had]



Had or HAD may refer to:

  • had, past tense of the English verb have; see Have (disambiguation)
  • Had, an alternative name for the game tag, used primarily in the London region
  • Had, an alternative for Hadit, the Thelemic version of an Egyptian god
  • Abbreviation for Hole Accumulation Diode, a technique for reducing electronic noise
  • Abbreviation for technology blog hackaday (usually as HaD)
  • HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder

See also 'had'-based sentence: James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher .



vb. 1 (en-pasthave) 2 (context auxiliary English) Used to form the pluperfect tense, expressing a completed action in the past (+ past participle). 3 (context auxiliary now rare English) As past subjunctive: ‘would have’.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


past tense and past participle of have (q.v.). You never had it so good (1946) was said to be the stock answer to any complaints about U.S. Army life.

Usage examples of "had".

To the painter I wrote that I felt that I had deserved the shameful insult he had given me by my great mistake in acceding to his request to honour him by staying in his house.

In spite of all these considerations, I felt a sort of pleasure in accepting for ready cash all the counterfeit coins that she had spread out before me.

When I saw Nanette in my arms, beaming with love, and Marton near the bed, holding a candle, with her eyes reproaching us with ingratitude because we did not speak to her, who, by accepting my first caresses, had encouraged her sister to follow her example, I realized all my happiness.

I confess that I have not yet repented on his account, for Capitani thought he had duped me in accepting it as security for the amount he gave me, and the count, his father, valued it until his death as more precious than the finest diamond in the world.

As he said the last words my converter rose, and went to the window to dry his tears, I felt deeply moved, anal full of admiration for the virtue of De la Haye and of his pupil, who, to save his soul, had placed himself under the hard necessity of accepting alms.

Beside myself with rage, blushing for very shame, seeing but too late the fault I had committed by accepting the society of a scoundrel, I went up to my room, and hurriedly packed up my carpet-bag.

She replied that she was debarred from accepting any money by her vow of poverty and obedience, and that she had given up to the abbess what remained of the alms the bishop had procured her.

I found my conduct excusable, as the chances were a hundred to one against her accepting the proposal I had been foolish enough to make.

Zaguri and the house of Memmo, who both sought after his always interesting conversation, accepting from this man all he had of good, and closing their eyes, on account of his genius, upon the perverse parts of his nature.

Malipiero was a senator, who was unwilling at seventy years of age to attend any more to State affairs, and enjoyed a happy, sumptuous life in his mansion, surrounded every evening by a well-chosen party of ladies who had all known how to make the best of their younger days, and of gentlemen who were always acquainted with the news of the town.

Malipiero would often inquire from me what advantages were accruing to me from the welcome I received at the hands of the respectable ladies I had become acquainted with at his house, taking care to tell me, before I could have time to answer, that they were all endowed with the greatest virtue, and that I would give everybody a bad opinion of myself, if I ever breathed one word of disparagement to the high reputation they all enjoyed.

She knew that I was acquainted with those circumstances, and my presence was evidently unpleasant to her, for she had certainly no wish that the old man should hear how she kept her promise.

As he had already performed the pilgrimage to Rome, he knew every person in Ancona devoted to the cult of Saint-Francis, and was acquainted with the superiors of all the rich convents.

If Monsignor Caraffa had not been well acquainted with you, he would not have introduced you here.

I was then in the habit of calling sometimes upon Lucrezia in the morning, and of visiting in the evening Father Georgi, who was acquainted with the excursion to Frascati, and had not expressed any dissatisfaction.