The word ‘have‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to own or to experience.

For example:

  • I have 6 cats. (own)
  • I had a great time. (experience)


Have is an irregular verb. The past tense is had and the past participle is had.

phrasal verbs with have

Phrasal verbs with ‘have’ include:

  • have around/round/over
    meaning – invite someone to your house
    example – We couldn’t come on Saturday; we had our grandson around for the day.
  • have in
    meaning – have supplies or get someone to do work for you
    example – We are having the plumbers in this week to fix the kitchen sink.
  • have it away
    meaning – have sex with someone
    example – My neighbour had it away with her husband’s brother. He found out yesterday.
  • have it in for
    meaning – hold a grudge against someone
    example – Do you have it in for him? Whenever I mention his name you make a funny face.
  • have off
    meaning – take time off work
    example – I had 2 weeks off last month. I’m not allowed any more holiday.
  • have on
    meaning – are wearing/be in possession of or an electrical device is switched on
    example – Yes, Kirsty had on those green trousers again. She needs to go shopping.
  • have up
    meaning – arrest someone and/or prosecute
    example – Stop carrying a knife in your bag, they’ll have you up if you’re not careful.

picture phrasal verbs with have

phrasal verbs with have

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘have’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with hahave around/round/over
phrasal verbs with have - have in
phrasal verbs with have - have it away
phrasal verbs with have - have it in for
phrasal verbs with have - have off
phrasal verbs with have - have on
phrasal verbs with have - have up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with have below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with have, how about learning the idioms with have too?