Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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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
--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.]
To hold in possession or control; to own; as, he has a farm.
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.
To accept possession of; to take or accept.
Break thy mind to me in broken English; wilt thou have me?
To get possession of; to obtain; to get.
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?
To bear, as young; as, she has just had a child.
To hold, regard, or esteem.
Of them shall I be had in honor.
--2 Sam. vi. 22.
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. 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.
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.
The laws of philology have to be established by external comparison and induction.
You have me, have you not?
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.
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]
have a personal or business relationship with someone; "have a postdoc"; "have an assistant"; "have a lover"
have left; "I have two years left"; "I don't have any money left"; "They have two more years before they retire"
be confronted with; "What do we have here?"; "Now we have a fine mess"
undergo; "The stocks had a fast run-up" [syn: experience]
suffer from; be ill with; "She has arthritis"
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]
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]
get something; come into possession of; "receive payment"; "receive a gift"; "receive letters from the front" [syn: receive]
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]
have sex with; archaic use; "He had taken this woman when she was most vulnerable" [syn: take]
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.