Translation of have in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 (to possess) we have o (esp British English) we've got 30 hectarestenemos 30 hectáreasI didn't have o (esp British English) hadn't got any moneyno tenía dinerodo you have a car? — no, I don't o (esp British English)have you got a car? — no, I haven't¿tienes coche? — no (, no tengo)have you a car/any children? — no, I haven't¿tienes coche/hijos? — no (, no tengo)April has 30 daysabril tiene 30 díasI've a cousin in Bostontengo un primo en BostonExample sentences1.2
(courage/patience/strength/right)he had the sense to refuse
- Football, even at youth level, should be about rewarding best practice and not just who has the most money.
- Almost every household today has a computer.
- But if you don't keep an eye on the way things are going, then pretty soon you may not have a job to go to.
tenertuvo el sentido común de negarseyou've no idea what I've been through!¡no tienes (ni) idea de or no te puedes imaginar las que he pasado!Example sentences
Example sentences1.3 (to feel, to show) have some respect!
- Naive art has a quality of its own that is easy to recognize but hard to define.
- I thought he had a bit more sense, but no.
- Yet credit is due to Kilmarnock for remaining resolute throughout and having the capacity to respond.
¡ten más respeto!he hasn't (got) any consideration for othersno tiene ninguna consideración con los demásshe has a lot of paintiene or siente mucho dolorI'm beginning to have doubtsme están entrando dudasExample sentences
- Which of the candidates has got the capacity to convince people that life is precious?
- The volunteer might not have the patience or training for the task.
- To be honest, I had no confidence in the techniques I applied.
- Like an awful lot of people, I really don't have any strong feelings one way or the other.
- Did you have this concept in mind from the start, or did it take shape as you wrote the album?
- She, it seems, has thoughts and ideas about what she wants to do in the weeks and months after the baby is born.
- 2 (to hold, to have at one's disposal) look out, he's got a gun!¡cuidado! ¡tiene una pistola or está armado!how much money do you have o (esp British English)have you got on you?¿cuánto dinero tienes or llevas encima?I had him by the armlo tenía agarrado del brazomay I have a sheet of paper?¿me das una hoja de papel?that one doesn't work: have this one (British English)ese no funciona, toma estemay I have your name?¿me dice su nombre?do you have o (esp British English)have you got her address?¿tienes su dirección?have you got a light?¿tienes fuego?you've had long enoughhas tenido tiempo suficienteI've got a surprise for youtengo una sorpresa para ticould I have your Sales Department, please? (on phone)
te tengo una sorpresa¿me comunica or (Spain tb) me pone or (Southern Cone tb) me da con el departamento de ventas, por favor?I have it!, I've got it!¡ya lo tengo!all right: have it your own way!
¡ya está, ya está!¡está bien! ¡haz lo que quieras!what have we here?¿y esto?to have something to +
infinitivetener algoI've (got) a lot to do you've (got) a lot to learn que+ infinitivetienes mucho que aprenderI had nothing to wear that was suitableno tenía nada que ponerme que fuese apropiadoI have o I've got this photo to remind metengo esta foto de recuerdo
- 3 3.1 (to receive) we had a letter from him last weektuvimos or recibimos carta de él la semana pasadahave you had any news?¿has tenido noticias?he has all-party supportcuenta con or tiene el apoyo de todos los partidoscould we have some silence, please? could we have the next witness?que pase el siguiente testigoI had it from someone who knows the people involvedlo supe or me enteré por alguien que conoce a las personas implicadaswe have it on the best authority that …sabemos de buena fuente que …to have had it [colloquial]don't let her catch you or you've had itque no te pille o estás arreglado [colloquial]I think your umbrella's had itme parece que tu paraguas no da para más [colloquial]I've had it up to here with your complainingestoy hasta la coronilla or hasta las narices de tus quejas [colloquial]to have it in for somebody [colloquial]tenerle manía or tirria a alguien [colloquial]to let somebody have it [slang] (attack)(physically) darle su merecido a alguien
darle a alguien como en bolsa (River Plate area) [colloquial](verbally) cantarle las cuarenta a alguien [colloquial]
poner a alguien verde or a parir (Spain) [colloquial]Example sentences3.2 (to obtain, to gain) a room can be had for $30
se puede conseguir una habitación por 30 dólaresthey were the best/only seats to be haderan los mejores/únicos asientos que habíared or green, which will you have?rojo o verde ¿cuál quieres?I'll have a kilo of tomatoes, please¿me da or (Spain) me pone un kilo de tomates, por favor?
- Carl admitted to having a few pampering treatments before the wedding day.
- I have received a number of e-mails from persons asking me why I am doing this.
- Next, we sent an e-mail inquiry and within a day or so we had a reply.
- 4 (to consume)(champagne/beer)to have breakfast to have dinner to have lunch
tomaralmorzar or (esp Spain, Mexico) comerto have a cigarettefumarse un cigarrillohave some more saucesírvete más salsawhat are we having for dinner? I've had nothing to eat all dayno he comido nada en todo el díawe had too much to drinkbebimos or (Latin America tb) tomamos demasiadohow do you have your coffee?¿cómo tomas el café?what will you have? (in restaurant)¿qué se van a servir?¿qué van a tomar? (Spain)I think I'll have the solecreo que voy a pedir or (Spain tb) a tomar el lenguadoExample sentences
- They have been in a few nights this week, having a few pints and a few fags.
- We lose our temper and, as soon as we've had a cup of tea and a biscuit, we feel better.
- Do you recommend that I can still take my daily vitamins whilst having a high performance drink?
- 5 5.1 (to experience)(accident/meeting)we had a week in Rome
tenerestuvimos or pasamos una semana en Romathey had a party to celebratehicieron una fiesta para celebrarlothe project has had a setbackel proyecto ha sufrido un revésdid you have good weather?¿te ( or les etc) hizo buen tiempo?have a nice day!¡adiós! ¡que le ( or te etc) vaya bien!we had a very pleasant eveningpasamos una noche muy agradablehe's having Spanish lessonsestá tomando or le están dando clases de españolestá dando clases de español (Spain)I had an injectionme pusieron or me dieron una inyecciónhe had a heart transplant/an X rayle hicieron un trasplante de corazón/una radiografíashe had a heart attackle dio un ataque al corazón or un infartothey have it easylo tienen (todo) muy fácilExample sentences
Example sentences5.2 (to suffer from)
- I've had the opportunity to play guys who are having a more difficult time living in society than others.
- We lost her but she didn't suffer, she had a happy life and a family who adored her.
- He had a disappointing World Cup by his own high standards but has done well in Super League.
(cancer/diabetes/flu)he's got a headache/sore throat
- One night, we got back to our rooms after a couple of drinks at Manor Bar and decided to have a Chicago party.
- We shall have a public banquet in your honor!
- We head for town in little groups, and end up having our own little post-party parties.
tenerle duele la cabeza/la gargantayou've got a cold
tiene dolor de cabeza/gargantaestás resfriadoExample sentences
- Many people are unaware they have had the illness so do not know if they are immune.
- It increases the likelihood of a person having asthma, eczema or hay fever.
- The bug is capable of killing if it infects someone who has recently had flu.
- 6 (to look after) they have visitors/gueststienen visita/huéspedeswe had a friend staying with usteníamos a un amigo en casamy mother offered to have the childrenmi madre se ofreció a cuidar a los niñosExample sentences
- There is another arrival ceremony with short speeches thanking the hotel for having us.
- I was going to have Peter and Chris over to plan our trip to Aspen the next day.
- Quick note to say it was fabulous having you, you're a great houseguest, come again any time.
- 7 (causative use) we'll have it clean in no timeenseguida lo limpiamos or lo dejamos limpiohe had them all laughing/in tearslos hizo reír/llorar a todosyou had me worriedme tenías preocupadowe'll soon have you out of herepronto te sacaremos de aquíto have somebody +
infinitiveshe had me retype itme lo hizo volver a pasar a máquinaI'll have her call you back as soon as she arrivesle diré or pediré que lo llame en cuanto lleguewhat else would you have them do?¿qué más quieres que hagan?I'll have you know, young man, that I …para que sepa, jovencito, yo …to have something + past participlehe had a new palace builtse hizo or (Latin America tb) se mandó construir un nuevo palacioyou could have it repairedpodrías hacerlo arreglar or (Latin America tb) mandarlo (a) arreglaryou've had your hair cut!¡te has cortado el pelo!have him seen by the doctorhazlo ver por el médico
- 8 8.1 (to allow, to permit) (with negative) I won't have it!¡no lo consentiré or toleraré!she refuses to have her private life discussed in publicse niega a que discutan su vida privada en públicoI won't have him interferingno pienso tolerar que se inmiscuyawe can't have her getting her hands dirty now, can we?¡cómo vamos a permitir que la señora se ensucie las manos!Example sentences8.2 (to accept, to believe) we told her we'd seen him, but she just wouldn't have it
le dijimos que lo habíamos visto pero no lo quiso aceptar or creer
- We will take 12,000 refugees a year, but we will not have people arriving here illegally and we will act to deter that occurring.
- I don't like drama in my house. I won't have it.
- We can't have you being late for something like this, now, can we?
- 9 (indicating what happens)I have people coming for dinner tonightesta noche tengo gente a cenarto have something +
infinitive/+ past participleI've had three lambs die this weekse me han muerto tres corderos esta semanahe had his bicycle stolenle robaron la bicicletaExample sentences
- We have had previous experience of having cars damaged and stolen.
- The man staying next to me at the hotel had his travel bag stolen from the room yesterday.
- They suffered the indignity of having their pictures splashed all over the papers.
- 10 (indicating state, position) she had her eyes closed I had the radio ontenía la radio puestayou have o (British English) you've got your belt twistedtienes el cinturón torcidowhat color shall we have the flowers?¿de qué color ponemos ( or compramos etc) las flores?let's have the sofa over herepongamos el sofá aquíExample sentences
- We see little wildlife during the dive, but the experience has my adrenalin pumping.
- We'll have a room ready as soon as possible.
- Now her article has me thinking.
- 11 (to give birth to)(baby/twins)
- It was her own experiences of having her two sons and two daughters that led her to wanting to become a midwife.
- My mother knows a couple, newly married and who have just gone through the happy experience of having a set of twins.
- By having a baby a teenager won't be able to do these things, due to not being able to afford a babysitter.
- 12 [colloquial] 12.1 (to catch, to get the better of) they almost had him, but he managed to escapecasi lo agarran or atrapan, pero logró escaparseI'll have them for thatya me las pagaránthe name of the actor? you have me there¿el nombre del actor? ¡ahí sí que me mataste! [colloquial]12.2(to swindle) timar(dupe) engañaryou've been had!¡te han timado or engañado!¡te han tomado el pelo! [colloquial]I had you there: you thought I was serious!te engañé, te creíste que lo decía en serioExample sentences
- Then he realized he'd been had - and a big grin spread over his face.
- I was had, the advertisers did their bit and got me, they well and truly got me!
- 13 (to establish)rumor has it that … she was not in fact, as popular belief has it, an orphanno era en realidad huérfana, como se suele creeras fate would have it, she …quiso la suerte que ella …
- 14 (in the sexual sense)poseer [literary]acostarse con
- 1 (used to form the perfect tenses) I have/had seen herla he/había vistoI have/had just seen herla acabo/acababa de verrecién la vi/la había visto (Latin America)have you been waiting long?¿hace mucho que esperas?you have been busy
¿llevas mucho rato esperando?¡cómo has trabajado!she'd already gone when we arrivedya se había ido cuando llegamoshad I known that o if I'd known that …si hubiera sabido que …when he had finished, she …
de haber sabido que …cuando terminó, ella …cuando hubo terminado, ella … [literary]
- 2 (in question tags)you've been told, haven't you?te lo han dicho ¿no? or ¿no es cierto? or ¿no es verdad?they have signed, haven't they?han firmado ¿no?you haven't lost the key, have you?¡no habrás perdido la llave …!
- 3 (in elliptical use)you may have forgiven him, but I haven'tpuede que tú lo hayas perdonado, pero yo nothe clock has stopped — so it has!el reloj se ha parado — ¡es verdad! or ¡es cierto!you've forgotten something — have I?te has olvidado de algo — ¿sí?I've told her — you haven't!se lo he dicho — ¡no! ¿en serio?
- 4 4.1 (expressing obligation)have (got) to +
infinitivetenerdo you have to go?, have you got to go? que+ infinitive¿tienes que ir?you don't have to come if you don't want tono tienes que or no tienes por qué venir si no quieresI have o I've got to admit that …tengo que reconocer que …you don't have to be an expert to realize thatno hay que or no se necesita ser un experto para darse cuenta de esodon't go out unless you have tono salgas a menos que tengas que hacerloshe always has to interferesiempre tiene que inmiscuirse4.2 (expressing certainty)have (got) to + infinitivetenersomeone has to o someone's got to lose que+ infinitivealguien tiene que perderit had to happentenía que ocurriryou've got to be kidding!¡lo dices en broma or en chiste!
- (have at one's disposal) a useful gadget to have around
- (attack) have at you! (in fencing) [archaic]
- → have off 2 2
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (receive back) can I have the ring back?
- 1 (dismantle, demolish)
- 1 (put in, install) they soon had the new boiler in
- 1 (from work, school) we had a week off (from) school because of the strike
- 1verb + object + adverb, verb + object + preposition + object (put on) they soon had all the books on the shelves
- 1 (have removed) I've had a tooth out
- 1 (put up)
un aparato útil de tener a manonice to have you around, Bill
encantado de tenerte por aquí, Billshe's nice to have around
su compañía es agradable
¿me devuelves el anillo?2verb + object + adverb 2.1 (guests) (invite again)
volver a invitar(reciprocate invitation) it's time we had them back
es hora de que les devolvamos la invitación2.2 (allow to return) I'd like to rejoin the party, if they'll have me back
me gustaría volver a ser miembro del partido, si me aceptanI still love her and I'd have her back
todavía la quiero y la perdonaría si volviese
(scaffolding/shelves)2 (American English)
(list/poem) (know by heart) saber de memoria3 (bring down) (esp British English)
(box/book)4 (invite) (esp British English)I had my sister down from Scotland for a week
mi hermana vino de Escocia a pasar una semana en casa
enseguida instalaron la nueva calderato have it in for somebody
tenerla tomada con alguien2 2.1
(interviewee)2.2 (workmen)we have the decorators in at the moment
estamos con los pintores en casaI'll have to have the carpenter in
voy a tener que llamar al carpintero2.3
(guests)we had them in for a drink
los invitamos a casa a tomar una copawe are having people in tonight
esta noche tenemos invitados
estuvimos una semana sin clase por la huelgaI'm having two days off next week (British English)
me voy a tomar dos días libres la semana que viene2 (remove) (esp British English) 2.1
(lid/paint)the wind nearly had our roof off
el viento casi se llevó or nos arrancó el tejadowe soon had the old varnish off it
enseguida le quitamos el barniz viejo2.2to have it off o away (British English) [slang]
echarse un polvo [slang]to have it off o away with somebody
tirarse a alguien [slang]
coger con alguien (Mexico) (River Plate area) [vulgar]
pronto colocaron todos los libros en los estantes2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (be wearing)
llevar or tener puestowhat did she have on?
¿qué llevaba or tenía puesto?I had nothing on
¿cómo iba vestida?
¿cómo iba vestida?
estaba desnudoyou have your sweater on backwards o (British English) back to front
llevas or tienes el suéter puesto al revés3verb + object + adverb (British English) 3.1 (have arranged) have you anything on this evening?
¿tienes or haces algo esta noche?3.2 (have in progress) the municipal gallery has an exhibition on
¿tienes programa para esta noche?
¿tienes programa para esta noche?
en la galería municipal hay una exposiciónlet's see what they have on at the Metro
veamos qué dan or (Spain tb) qué echan or ponen en el Metro4verb + object + adverb (tease) [colloquial]to have somebody on
tomarle el pelo a alguien [colloquial]you're having me on!
¡me estás tomando el pelo! [colloquial]
me han sacado una muelashe had her tonsils out
me han hecho una extracción
me han hecho una extracción
la operaron de las amígdalas
le extirparon las amígdalas [formal]2 (discuss forcefully)to have something out (
¡vamos a hablar claro de esto ahora mismo!I'll have to have it out with Mary about the phone bill
voy a tener que hablar seriamente con Mary sobre la cuenta del teléfono
(guests)let's have some friends over to celebrate
invitemos a algunos amigos para celebrarlowe had a few friends over last night
anoche vinieron unos amigos
(flag)they had these houses up in six months
levantaron estas casas en seis meses2 (bring before court) (British English) [colloquial] (often passive) he was had up for speeding
lo agarraron por exceso de velocidad [colloquial] (y tuvo que comparecer ante el juez)3 (invite) (esp British English)they had their cousins up from London for a week
sus primos de Londres vinieron a pasar una semana en su casa
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