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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Had  \Had\,  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.  [To  him  it  had  been 
  preferable  to  be  sick.]  --Fabian. 
 
  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.  --Chaucer. 
 
  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.  --Shak. 
 
  You  were  best  hang  yourself  --Beau.  &  Fl 
 
  Me  rather  had  my  heart  might  feel  your  love  Than 
  my  unpleased  eye  see  your  courtesy.  --Shak. 
 
  I  hadde  levere  than  my  scherte,  That  ye  hadde  rad 
  his  legende,  as  have  I.  --Chaucer. 
 
  I  had  as  lief  not  be  as  live  to  be  In  awe  of  such 
  a  thing  as  I  myself.  --Shak. 
 
  I  had  rather  be  a  dog  and  bay  the  moon,  Than  such 
  a  Roman.  --Shak. 
 
  I  had  rather  be  a  doorkeeper  in  the  house  of  my 
  God,  than  to  dwell  in  the  tents  of  wickedness. 
  --Ps. 
  lxxxiv.10. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Have  \Have\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Had};  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?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  --Shak. 
 
  He  had  a  fever  late.  --Keats. 
 
  3.  To  accept  possession  of  to  take  or  accept 
 
  Break  thy  mind  to  me  in  broken  English;  wilt  thou 
  have  me?  --Shak. 
 
  4.  To  get  possession  of  to  obtain;  to  get  --Shak. 
 
  5.  To  cause  or  procure  to  be  to  effect;  to  exact;  to  desire; 
  to  require. 
 
  It  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.  --Shak. 
 
  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.  --Earle. 
 
  11.  To  understand. 
 
  You  have  me  have  you  not?  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
  --Tennyson. 
 
  {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}. 




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