Synonyms of have in English:


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1‘he had a new car and a boat’

possess, own, be in possession of, be the owner of, be the possessor of, be the proud possessor of, have in one's possession, have to one's name, count among one's possessions, be blessed with, boast, enjoy
keep, maintain, retain, hold, use, utilize, occupy

be bereft of

2‘the flat has five rooms’

comprise, consist of, contain, include, incorporate, be composed of, be made up of, be formed of
embrace, embody, encompass, take in
formal comprehend

3‘they had beans on toast’

eat, consume, devour, partake of
drink, empty, drain, quaff
informal demolish, dispose of, put away, get outside of, scoff, scoff down, pack away, tuck away
imbibe, sink, knock back
British informal shift, bevvy
North American informal scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, inhale
rare ingurgitate, bib

4‘she had a letter from Mark’

receive, get, be given, be sent, obtain, acquire, procure, come by, take receipt of

send, give

5‘we've decided to have a party’

organize, arrange, hold, give, host, throw, provide, put on, lay on, set up, fix up, make arrangements for, make preparations for, pencil in, prepare for, plan for


6‘she's going to have a baby’

give birth to, bear, produce, be delivered of, bring into the world
informal drop
archaic be brought to bed of, bring forth, beget

7‘we are having guests for dinner’

entertain, be host to, cater for, receive
invite round, invite over, ask round, ask over, show hospitality to, invite to a meal, invite to a party, wine and dine
accommodate, put up, take in, give a bed to


8‘the driver had trouble finding the restaurant’

experience, encounter, undergo, face, meet, find, go through, run into, come across, be subjected to, have experience of, be faced with

9‘I have a headache’

be suffering from, be afflicted by, be affected by, be troubled with, be a sufferer from
informal be a martyr to

10‘I went to a few parties and had a good time’

experience, enjoy, taste

11‘many pilots have doubts about the safety of the new computer system’

harbour, feel, entertain, foster, nurse, cherish, nurture, bear, sustain, maintain, keep in one's mind

12‘he had little patience with technological gadgetry’

manifest, show, display, exhibit, demonstrate, express, evince

13‘he had his bodyguards throw Chris out’

cause to, make, ask to, request to, get to, tell to, require to, persuade to, induce to, prevail upon someone to
order to, command to, direct to, enjoin to, oblige to, force to, compel to, coerce to

14‘I can't have you insulting Tom like that’

tolerate, endure, bear, support, accept, put up with, go along with, take, countenance, brook
permit to, allow to
informal stand, abide, stick, stomach, hold with
British informal be doing with

15‘I have to get up at 6.30 tomorrow morning’

must, have got to, be obliged to, be required to, be compelled to, be forced to, be bound to, be duty-bound to, be under an obligation to

16‘I realized I'd been had’

trick, fool, deceive, cheat, dupe, take in, outwit, double-cross, hoodwink, swindle
informal do, con, diddle, bilk, rip off, shaft, pull a fast one on, put one over on, take to the cleaners
North American informal sucker, snooker, stiff


    have someone on

    ‘that's just too neat—you're having me on’

    play a trick on, play a joke on, joke with, trick, tease, rag, pull someone's leg, fool about, fool around
    informal kid, rib, take the mickey out of, make a monkey out of, take for a ride, lead up the garden path
    British informal wind up
    North American informal put on, pull someone's chain
    British vulgar slang take the piss out of
    dated make sport of
    have it in for

    ‘he's had it in for me since I started seeing Gwen’

    be hostile to, feel ill will towards, show ill will towards, show antagonism to, bear a grudge towards, be against, be set against, be prejudiced against, disapprove of
    persecute, pick on, push about, push around, lean on, bully, abuse, discriminate against, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, harass, hound, torment, terrorize, torture, punish unfairly
    informal have a down on, be down on, give someone a hard time, hassle, needle, get on someone's back, make things hot for someone
    let someone have it

    1‘as soon as you see the enemy, let them have it!’

    attack, assault, beat, beat up, batter, thrash, pound, pummel, assail, set upon, fall upon, strike at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at
    informal jump, paste, do over, work over, knock about, knock around, rough up, lay into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, beat the living daylights out of
    British informal set about, have a go at, duff someone up
    North American informal beat up on, light into

    2‘she let me have it, in a stream of obscenities’

    scold, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambast, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
    informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
    British informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
    North American informal chew out, ream out, take to the woodshed
    British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking, tear someone a new arsehole, rip someone a new arsehole
    North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass, tear someone a new asshole, rip someone a new asshole
    dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    rare reprehend, objurgate
    have something on

    1‘she had a blue dress on’

    be wearing, be dressed in, be clothed in, be garbed in, be attired in, be turned out in, be decked out in, be tricked out in, be robed in
    archaic be apparelled in

    2‘I have got a lot on at the moment’

    be committed to, have arranged, have planned, have organized, have fixed up, have on the agenda, have made arrangements for
    have nothing on

    ‘I am not worried—they've got nothing on me’

    have no evidence against, know nothing bad about, know nothing damning about, have no incriminating information about
    have had it

    1‘in private they admit that they've had it’

    have no chance, have no hope, have failed, be finished, be out, be defeated, have lost, have no chance of success, have come to nothing
    have flopped, have bitten the dust, have come a cropper


    2‘if you ever let this information get out to the public, you've had it’

    be in trouble, be going to be punished, be going to suffer the consequences, be going to pay the price, be in for a scolding, be going to answer for something
    be for it, be for the high jump, be in hot water, be in deep water, be in shtook, be in deep shtook, be going to take the rap, be going to catch it
    have it off

    ‘Steph had it off with Tony while he was going out with Lani’

    have sex, have sexual intercourse, make love, sleep together, sleep with, go to bed together, go to bed with
    informal do it, do the business, go all the way, make whoopee, have one's way with, bed, know in the biblical sense, tumble
    British informal bonk, get one's oats
    North American informal boff, get it on
    euphemistic be intimate
    vulgar slang fuck, screw, bang, lay, get one's leg over, shaft, dick, frig, do, have, hump, poke, shtup, dip one's wick, ride, service
    British vulgar slang shag, knob, get one's end away, knock someone off, give someone one, roger, grind, stuff, tup
    Scottish vulgar slang podger
    North American vulgar slang ball, jump, jump someone's bones, bone, pork, diddle, nail
    Australian, New Zealand vulgar slang root
    formal copulate
    archaic fornicate, possess, lie together, lie with, couple, swive, know