There are 2 translations of haber in English:

haber1

v aux

  • 1 (en los tiempos compuestos) no han/habían llegado they haven't/hadn't arrived como se haya olvidado lo mato if he's forgotten, I'll kill him! cuando/no bien hubo terminado [literary/literario] when/as soon as she had finished ¿se habrán perdido? do you think they've o they might have got lost? no habrán tenido tiempo they probably haven't had time ¿quién hubiera pensado que llegaría tan lejos? whoever would have thought she'd get so far! está arrepentida — ¡(que) lo hubiera pensado antes! she says she's sorry — she should have thought about it before! yo también quería ir — ¡haberlo dicho! I wanted to go too — you should have said so! de haberlo sabido te habría avisado had I known o if I'd known, I'd have told you
  • 2 2.1 [formal] (expresando obligación, necesidad)haber de + inf el contrato ha de ser firmado por ambas partes the contract must be signed by both parties hemos de averiguar qué sucedió we have to o must find out what happened 2.2 (expresando acción futura)haber de + inf ha de llegar un día en que … the day will come when … 2.3 (expresando probabilidad, certeza)haber de + inf ha de ser tarde it must be late ya lo han de haber recibido they must have received it by now pero ¿sabes lo que dices? — ¡no lo he de saber! but do you know what you're saying? — of course I do!

v impers

  • 1 (existir, estar, darse) hay una carta/varias cartas para ti there's a letter/there are several letters for you ha habido un cambio/varios cambios en el programa there has been a change/there have been several changes in the program había un cliente/tres clientes esperando there was a customer/there were three customers waiting ayer hubo un accidente/dos accidentes there was an accident/there were two accidents yesterday no quiero que haya discusiones I don't want there to be any arguments ¿qué van a tomar de postre? — ¿hay helado? what would you like for dessert? — do you have any ice cream? esta vez no hubo suerte, otra vez será we were unlucky o out of luck this time, maybe next time ¿cuántos kilómetros hay de Mérida a Sevilla? how many kilometers are there o is it from Mérida to Seville? no hay día en que no tengan una discusión not a day goes by without their having an argument no hay como un buen descanso cuando uno se siente así there's nothing like a good rest when you're feeling like that no hay quien lo aguante he's absolutely unbearable hay quien piensa que es un error there are those who feel it's a mistake hubo or [criticized usage/uso criticado] hubieron varios heridos several people were injured habíamos solo tres niñas [criticized usage/uso criticado] we were the only three girls, there were only three of us girls [colloquial/familiar] hay leche fresca fresh milk sold o on sale here las hay rojas y amarillas también there are o you can get red ones and yellow ones too dijo que no había problemas pero los hay she said there weren't any problems but there are ¡no hay más que hablar! there's nothing more to be said! o that's my last word (on the subject)! gracias — no hay de qué thank you — don't mention it o not at all o it's a pleasure o you're welcome no hay de qué preocuparse there's nothing to worry about hola ¿qué hay? [familiar/colloquial] hello, how are things? ¿qué hay de nuevo? what's new? es un poco largo — ¿qué hay? ¡lo acortamos! (CS) [familiar/colloquial] it's rather long — so what? we'll shorten it ¿qué hubo? (Col, Méx) [familiar/colloquial] how are things? ¿qué hubo de lo de Jorge y Ana? what happened with Jorge and Ana? donde los/las haya, es listo/sinvergüenza donde los haya he's as clever/rotten as they come habérselas con algn/algo, como vuelva por aquí tendrá que habérselas conmigo if he comes around here again he'll have me to deal with habido y por haber, se conoce todos los trucos habidos y por haber she knows every trick in the book he leído todo lo habido y por haber sobre el tema I've read absolutely everything there is to read on the subject ser de lo que no hay [familiar/colloquial], eres de lo que no hay, nunca más te confío un secreto you're the limit o you're unbelievable! I'm never going to tell you a secret again
  • 2 (ser necesario)haber que + inf va a haber que hacerlo it'll have to be done hay que ser más optimista you/we/they must be more optimistic hubo que tirar la puerta abajo we/they had to break the door down me dijo que había que entregarlo el lunes he told me it had to be handed in on Monday ¡hay que ver qué genio tiene el mocito! well, well, he has got a temper, hasn't he! ¡hay que ver! ¡las cosas que uno tiene que aguantar! honestly! the things one has to put up with! ¡había que verlo allí jugando en la nieve! you should have seen him there playing in the snow! no hay más que apretar el botón all you have to do is press the button no hay que darle muy fuerte (no es necesario) you don't need to o you don't have to hit it too hard (no se debe) you mustn't hit it too hard
  • 3 [literary/literario] (en expresiones de tiempo) muchos años/mucho tiempo ha many years/a long time ago años ha que no sé nada de él I haven't heard from him for years

vt (habido, -da)

  • pp [formal] (tenido) los hijos habidos fuera del matrimonio children born out of wedlock [formal] cuatro hijos habidos de dos padres distintos four children born of two different fathers

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There are 2 translations of haber in English:

haber2

m

  • 2 (en contabilidad) credit side tener algo en su haber [lenguaje periodístico/journalese], tiene en su haber varios premios literarios he has several literary prizes to his credit ya tiene cuatro robos en su haber he has already notched up four robberies
  • 3
    (haberes mpl)
    [formal] (emolumentos, paga) los haberes que se le adeudan moneys o monies owed to you [formal] los haberes del mes de diciembre income o earnings for the month of December

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A gitano is a member of Spain's gypsy community. Gypsies often live in camps and retain their nomadic habits. They have preserved many of their customs and do not usually integrate into the mainstream of Spanish society. Their language is caló. Gypsies have been a great influence on flamenco, and many of the best performers are gypsies.