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

do, con, diddle, bilk, rip off, shaft, pull a fast one on, put one over on, take to the cleaners

North American sucker, snooker, stiff


    have done with

      ‘the drug scene is behind me—I have done with it’


      be finished with, have finished with, be done with, be through with, want no more to do with, be no longer involved in, be no longer involved with, have given up, have no further dealings with, have turned one's back on, have washed one's hands of, have no more truck with


      get into

      ‘when I put something behind me I have done with it’


      be finished with, have finished with, be done with, be through with, want no more to do with, have no further dealings with, turn one's back on, be no longer involved in, be no longer involved with, end relations with, give up, wash one's hands of, have no more truck with

    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 away/off (with)

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


      have sexual intercourse, have sexual intercourse with, have sex, have sex with, make love, make love to, sleep together, sleep with, go to bed together, go to bed with

      mate, mate with

      seduce, rape, ravish


      do it, do the business, go all the way, make whoopee, have one's way with, bed, know in the biblical sense, tumble


      bonk, get one's oats

      North American informal

      boff, get it on, get it on with


      be intimate, be intimate with

      fuck, screw, bang, lay, get one's leg over, shaft, dick, frig, do, have, hump, poke, shtup, dip one's wick, ride, service, tup

      shag, knob, get one's end away, knock someone off, give someone one, roger, grind, stuff



      North American

      ball, jump, jump someone's bones, bone, pork, diddle, nail

      NZ Australian



      copulate, copulate with


      fornicate, fornicate with, possess, lie together, lie with, couple, couple with, swive, know

    have (got) 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

      have a down on, be down on, give someone a hard time, hassle, needle, get on someone's back, make things hot for someone

    have (got) 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 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

      kid, rib, take the mickey out of, make a monkey out of, take for a ride, lead up the garden path

      wind up

      North American

      put on, pull someone's chain

      vulgar slang

      take the piss out of


      make sport of

    have (got) 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


      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

    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, set about, strike at, let fly at, tear into, lash out at

      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


      have a go at, duff someone up

      North American

      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, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure

      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


      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

      chew out, ream out, take to the woodshed

      British vulgar slang

      bollock, give someone a bollocking

      North American vulgar slang

      chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass


      call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim


      reprehend, objurgate