have-v; 11 Senses

Sense Number 1: possess something concrete, that could be given away

NOTE: IMPORTANT - Tag instances with HAVE TO and HAVE + VERB[past tense] as 'None of the Above'. Examples: 'I have to go to the store.' and 'I have gone to the store already.' and 'I had shopped at the Quickie-Mart only once.' In these examples HAVE is an auxiliary verb and must be tagged 'None of the Above'. Once you give the thing away, you no longer have it.

He has two black-and-tan German Shepherds.
I only have four dollars left in my wallet.
Marilee had a convertible that she drove to school every day.
The division had a revenue of 572 million euros in 2005.

VerbNet: own-100.1
FrameNet: Inclusion,Possession
PropBank: have.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: have something inalienable

NOTE: Either you cannot give it away (a beautiful voice), or if you give it away, you still have it (a good idea).

She has a beautiful voice.
That restaurant has the best chocolate mousse in town!
He has an excellent memory for facts and figures.
He has the power to make your life miserable.
The newest models all have anti-lock brakes.
How many days does September have?
I have two more days at work until my vacation begins.
He reckoned he had a year to pull it off.
We only had three points going into the last quarter of the game.
I never had a choice.
I had a great opportunity to spend some time with our old friends.

VerbNet: own-100.1
FrameNet: Inclusion
PropBank: have.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 9, 17

Sense Number 3: hold a position or job

She had a postdoc at Stanford.
Kevin had a job as a consultant for several years.
Ali Osman Muhammad Taha, an influential Muslim hard-liner, now has the
post of vice-president.

VerbNet: own-100.1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: have.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 4: experience an event or state

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 HAVE NP2[patient[abstract]]
NOTE: NP2 may be a mental or physical state or experience

She had the operation yesterday.
Boston had a cold winter.
They had a hard time loading the truck.
The committee had several discussions on this issue.
I have a funny feeling about this evening.
The stock market had a wild ride yesterday.
My grandfather has arthritis.
What have we here?
They had themselves in a perilous predicament.
The team had its best year ever. (similar to "had a great time")

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: have.06
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 10, 11, 12, 16

Sense Number 5: hold in a certain relationship

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent[human]] HAVE NP2[patient[human]]
NOTE: the relationship is usually named by the NP2 (lawyer, sister, employee, etc.)

She has three sisters.
He had a business partner who embezzled from the company.
The operation currently has eight employees and plans to add three or four.
Do you have a lawyer?
How many students do you have in your class this year?

VerbNet: own-100.1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: have.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 7

Sense Number 6: cause something to be the case

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1[agent] HAVE NP2[patient] COMP/PRED
NOTE: "agent" should be loosely interpreted as the cause (not necessarily volitional) and "patient" is the entity either affected (as in the watering mouth) or brought into existence (as in effects or consequences)

She had him fired.
Now I have your king checkmated!
The comedian had them rolling in the aisles.
My boss had me reschedule the meeting for next week.
The smell of hot cinnamon rolls had my mouth watering.
Temperature had an effect on performance.
Medicaid cuts will have consequences.
The referendum won't have any impact on the process of defining its status.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: have.04
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 13

Sense Number 7: accept, receive, allow

I'll have another slice of pie.
The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter.
Will you be having some sugar with your tea?
I won't have this dog in the house!

VerbNet: devour-39.4
FrameNet: Ingestion
PropBank: have.03
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6, 14, 15

Sense Number 8: hold an event, be responsible for organizing something

Commentary: Planned events may be formal or informal; Distinguish from sense 2 in that NP1 has control in bringing about/planning the experience event

We'll have a party in your honor.
That professor always has an interesting seminar for the freshman class.
We'll probably have a Democratic rally there.
What if they had a war and no one came?

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: have.06
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 9: give birth

Commentary: Includes: HAVE YOUNG

She had twins.
Her sister never had a baby.
Whales have their young at this time of year.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Birth
PropBank: have.05
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 18
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
have_young 1

Sense Number 10: have sexual relations with


He wanted to have her right there and then.
He's never had sex.
If you have intercourse, use a condom.
He's had it off with many women.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 19
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
have_it_off 1
have_intercourse 1
have_it_away 1
have_sex 1

Sense Number 11: idioms

We had a ball at your party!
My wife has a bun in the oven. I'm going to be a father!
You crashed the car?! Your mother is going to have a fit!
I've never golfed before, but I'll have a go.
I'll have a go at it.
Have a good time at the concert!
Have a look at this strange bug.
She has the names of the fifty states down pat.
What do you have in mind?
John punched him? Well, he had it coming.
Sally had kittens when she found out she wasn't invited.
I love her clothes. What did she have on at the party?
Moira will only have the best.
Pam didn't want to argue in public, but they had words when they got home.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Possession,Wearing
PropBank: NM
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
have_a_good_time 1
have_kittens 1
have_down 1
have_a_ball 1
have_a_look 1
have_got 1
have_words 1
have_a_bun_in_the_oven 1
have_on 1
have_a_go_at_it 1
have_a_go 1
have_a_fit 1
have_the_best 1
have_it_coming 1
have_in_mind 1