Translation of have in Spanish:

have

tener, v.

Pronunciation /(ə)v//hæv//həv//hav/

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(to possess)

      tener
      we have / (esp British) we've got 30 hectares tenemos 30 hectáreas
      • I didn't have / (esp British) hadn't got any money no tenía dinero
      • do you have a car? — no, I don't or (esp British) 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 days abril tiene 30 días
      • I've a cousin in Boston tengo un primo en Boston
      • 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.
      • A friend of mine has a young dog that bit into a cable running to the passenger seatbelt.
      • Somehow this usually results in us having more possessions than we started out with.
      • Lucas was adamant about having a nice, reliable car for us to drive the baby around in.
      • If you have enough clothes, a fine piece of art makes a beautiful Christmas gift.
      • I know people who work in television but boast about not having a set at home.
      • He has the most money, but the people behind him do not understand how to use this power.
      • Almost every household today has a computer.
      • No point having the dirtiest car in Lincolnshire if you go doing daft things like cleaning it.
      • He was advised to get an agent to help promote the salon, but he had little money.
      • McLaren have the best package at the moment, but in Formula 1, it is not just about having the fastest car.
      • We have a one bedroom flat and on our current budget will not be able to move for another 2 years.
      • If I was offered the chance to have this as my company car I would be very happy indeed.
      • I was about seventeen and a half now and I had my own flat, which was ok, but it was just a place to sleep for me.
      • My uncle works in a children's bookshop in London, and has a fantastic flat full of books of all types.
      • Football, even at youth level, should be about rewarding best practice and not just who has the most money.
      • In addition we must ensure that we retain our advantages of having a highly skilled and adaptable workforce.
      • Perhaps it could be the place where I finally realise my dream of having an island of my own.
      • They gave me a job for two years where I held the unique and enviable position of having the desk closest to the nearest pub.
      • Sometimes it's as simple as earning more money, or having a better job.

    • 1.2

      (patience/strength/courage/right) tener
      he had the sense to refuse tuvo el sentido común de negarse
      • you've no idea what I've been through! ¡no tienes (ni) idea de / no te puedes imaginar las que he pasado!
      • The volunteer might not have the patience or training for the task.
      • He's a complete player, but he doesn't have the supreme quality of the very greatest.
      • Aesthetically it is a dump and, but for the area around the harbour, has no redeeming features.
      • Winning on clay is a mind game and he has the anticipation and knowledge when he plays the ball.
      • Naive art has a quality of its own that is easy to recognize but hard to define.
      • This is a car that has much more to offer than its diminutive looking size belies.
      • Beyond that, having breadth and depth in the management team is the key to success.
      • I thought he had a bit more sense, but no.
      • It also boasts of having the world's highest rate of beautiful people per square inch!
      • A record collection can be displayed, and the display itself has an aesthetic quality.
      • In addition, he has both the star quality we were looking for and is an inspired lyricist.
      • The atmosphere is made up of a mechanical mixture of gases, which all have mass.
      • I have known him as a player for a long time and have always rated him and believed he had leadership quality.
      • We have showed we have the quality in the past and I'm sure we will get it right.
      • He explained to me that every good villain has some outstanding feature that stood out about them.
      • Yet credit is due to Kilmarnock for remaining resolute throughout and having the capacity to respond.
      • The music has a cinematic quality which conjures up images of film noir classics.
      • Maradona described him as having unparalleled speed and a keen sense of how to defend.
      • He's got black hair and is tall with a lean body.
      • To be honest, I had no confidence in the techniques I applied.
      • "She has what it takes to pull it off, " he says.
      • How they managed to walk up and down the street in shoes that had six inch soles was beyond us.
      • Which of the candidates has got the capacity to convince people that life is precious?
      • It's just a question of whether he's got the nerve to win.
      • A new version of the model having such features is near completion and will be presented shortly.
      • The new house had a back garden, 100 foot long and desperately overgrown.

    • 1.3(to feel, to show)

      tener
      have some respect! ¡ten más respeto!
      • he hasn't (got) any consideration for others no tiene ninguna consideración con los demás
      • she has a lot of pain tiene / siente mucho dolor
      • I'm beginning to have doubts me están entrando dudas
      • Although we had seen nothing from where we were, I had a feeling of complete and utter terror.
      • When they beat Portugal in the opening match I had a feeling that they would do something.
      • Madonna has given me so much good advice through the years: she has such strong opinions.
      • Did you have this concept in mind from the start, or did it take shape as you wrote the album?
      • I had a strong idea of the opening and the closure, with no real angle or drive to the middle.
      • I remember going for a run and cutting the grass and having nasty thoughts about the selectors.
      • He certainly had no thoughts of continuing his long and winding career path north of the Border.
      • I think that every case should be dealt with individually rather that having a strong opinion about it.
      • I think the council is being very mean about this and I do hope it has second thoughts.
      • Lewis was ringside in Las Vegas and admitted he was having real thoughts of ending his reign on a high.
      • I have a feeling this site is going to get a boost in popularity thanks to Mr. Crowe.
      • She, it seems, has thoughts and ideas about what she wants to do in the weeks and months after the baby is born.
      • Like an awful lot of people, I really don't have any strong feelings one way or the other.
      • I look at the woman next to me, and she is clearly having similar thoughts.
      • We walked down the corridor in silence, each having our own thoughts.
      • I've been calling the editor a lot, explaining that I'm having second thoughts.
      • Obviously the gentleman who first coined the phrase was having similar thoughts.
      • Do you have any uneasy feelings about what you can or cannot do or of your past failures?
      • He had a strong suspicion about who was behind most of these killings, he said.
      • I said I would do anything they asked me to, though I already had a bad feeling about it.

  • 2

    (to hold, to have at one's disposal)
    tener
    look out, he's got a gun! ¡cuidado! ¡tiene una pistola / está armado!
    • how much money do you have / (esp British) have you got on you? ¿cuánto dinero tienes / llevas encima?
    • I had him by the arm lo tenía agarrado del brazo
    • may I have a sheet of paper? ¿me das una hoja de papel?
    • that one doesn't work: have this one ese no funciona, toma este
    • may I have your name? ¿me dice su nombre?
    • do you have / (esp British) have you got her address? ¿tienes su dirección?
    • have you got a light? ¿tienes fuego?
    • you've had long enough has tenido tiempo suficiente
    • I've got a surprise for you tengo una sorpresa para ti
    • could I have your Sales Department, please? (on phone) ¿me comunica con el departamento de ventas, por favor?
    • I have it! ¡ya lo tengo!
    • I've got it! ¡ya lo tengo!
    • to have sth to + inf tener algo que + inf
    • I've (got) a lot to do tengo mucho que hacer
    • you've (got) a lot to learn tienes mucho que aprender
    • I had nothing to wear that was suitable no tenía nada que ponerme que fuese apropiado
    • I have or I've got this photo to remind me tengo esta foto de recuerdo
  • 3

    • 3.1(to receive)

      tener
      we had a letter from him last week tuvimos / recibimos carta de él la semana pasada
      • have you had any news? ¿has tenido noticias?
      • he has all-party support cuenta con / tiene el apoyo de todos los partidos
      • could we have some silence, please? (hagan) silencio, por favor
      • could we have the next witness? que pase el siguiente testigo
      • I had it from someone who knows the people involved lo supe / me enteré por alguien que conoce a las personas implicadas
      • If you haven't had a bill for six months, ask for six months to pay off your arrears.
      • Next, we sent an e-mail inquiry and within a day or so we had a reply.
      • I have received a number of e-mails from persons asking me why I am doing this.
      • Armstead is one of many players who plan to have surgery or already have had it to repair nagging injuries.
      • He had lessons in theory and composition from Rimsky-Korsakov.
      • Carl admitted to having a few pampering treatments before the wedding day.

    • 3.2(to obtain, to gain)

      conseguir
      a room can be had for $30 se puede conseguir una habitación por 30 dólares
      • they were the best/only seats to be had eran los mejores/únicos asientos que había
      • red or green, which will you have? rojo o verde ¿cuál quieres?
      • I'll have a kilo of tomatoes, please ¿me da un kilo de tomates, por favor?

  • 4

    (to consume)
    (steak/spaghetti) comer
    (spaghetti/steak) tomar Spain
    (beer/champagne) tomar
    to have breakfast desayunar
    • to have dinner comer
    • to have lunch comer
    • to have a cigarette fumarse un cigarrillo
    • have some more sauce sírvete más salsa
    • what are we having for dinner? ¿qué hay de cena?
    • I've had nothing to eat all day no he comido nada en todo el día
    • we had too much to drink bebimos demasiado
    • how do you have your coffee? ¿cómo tomas el café?
    • what will you have? (in restaurant) ¿qué van a tomar?
    • I think I'll have the sole creo que voy a pedir el lenguado
    • They have been in a few nights this week, having a few pints and a few fags.
    • Do you recommend that I can still take my daily vitamins whilst having a high performance drink?
    • We lose our temper and, as soon as we've had a cup of tea and a biscuit, we feel better.
    • It's 9:15 am here, and I have already had my hearty breakfast.
    • To add to the meal that night we had a freshly baked apple pie and cinnamon buns.
  • 5

    • 5.1(to experience)

      (accident/meeting) tener
      we had a week in Rome estuvimos / pasamos una semana en Roma
      • they had a party to celebrate hicieron una fiesta para celebrarlo
      • the project has had a setback el proyecto ha sufrido un revés
      • did 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 evening pasamos una noche muy agradable
      • he's having Spanish lessons está dando clases de español
      • I had an injection me pusieron / me dieron una inyección
      • he had a heart transplant/an X ray le hicieron un trasplante de corazón/una radiografía
      • she had a heart attack le dio un ataque al corazón / un infarto
      • I've had the opportunity to play guys who are having a more difficult time living in society than others.
      • Zabel has had a less successful season than usual by his own exalted standards.
      • We shall have a public banquet in your honor!
      • They're having a big opening party in Hamilton.
      • I very quickly discovered through that experience the value of having an annual audit.
      • 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.
      • I don't know why they are all having such a difficult time getting good grades.
      • We experienced problems with cars using our car park and also had problems with litter.
      • Paul, the publicist tells me, is having a far more difficult and epic journey.
      • Tom O'Sullivan is having a very good season and his club mate Aidan O'Mahony had a very good final.
      • We've all had problems and experienced a lot of terrible things, and our choice is to be happy.
      • One night, we got back to our rooms after a couple of drinks at Manor Bar and decided to have a Chicago party.
      • It's hard to imagine the Hull forwards having a harder time in the season ahead.
      • This will lead to loss of trade to the shopkeepers who are all having a hard enough time to make ends meet as it is.
      • This was no exception and we had a brilliant follow up party on Saturday night.
      • I told her a friend of mine was having an open house at the artist co-op where she lived.
      • When I was very young, I had an accident and was in bed for many months.
      • He's not been having such a good season but he always talks the talk so you never know what he's actually feeling.
      • Despite the fall he has been having one of the best seasons of his career.
      • Every team has a bad patch during a season and hopefully we had ours at the start.
      • If it wasn't for them having such an unbelievable season, I think we'd be in first place.
      • I had a short and successfully anonymous encounter with a podgy woman in spectacles.
      • We were having a very difficult time hearing you earlier, so you can redo that report.
      • Are the people who experience ecstatic religious states just having a really good trip?
      • We head for town in little groups, and end up having our own little post-party parties.
      • I also had many other difficulties which I do not wish to discuss at present.

    • 5.2(to suffer from)

      (diabetes/cancer/flu) tener
      he's got a headache/sore throat le duele la cabeza/la garganta
      • you've got a cold estás resfriado
      • Many young people cope well with the emotional aspects of having a chronic illness.
      • Many people are unaware they have had the illness so do not know if they are immune.
      • He had a great sense of life and, although he had a disability of his own, he did not let that affect him.
      • I had to give up work early, because of having an illness, so I was unable to save towards a private pension.
      • Rob has also been forced to adapt to a life in which he now has a disability.
      • The bug is capable of killing if it infects someone who has recently had flu.
      • It increases the likelihood of a person having asthma, eczema or hay fever.
      • It affects people differently, with many having the illness without knowing it.
      • Dad has had a terrible cold this week, and I have a feeling that it's starting to hit me.
      • If you have an ongoing chronic illness you might be at higher risk of complications.
      • The student insisted that a patient who had a terminal illness should on no account be told.
      • We have in our extended family more than one member who has a psychotic illness.
      • The good thing about having this illness is that it allows me to be a little bit crazy.
      • I went to a car boot sale in the morning with my dogs and had a small epileptic fit.
      • Lisa and her husband have three children, each of whom has a disability of some kind.
      • She suffered from cancer and also has Crohn's disease which is affected by stress.
      • She described having a breakdown soon after she killed her first daughter and showed intense grief.
      • This season he's had one or two injuries and not played as many games as he, or we, would have liked.
      • It may be necessary to track down a donor if it is determined that he or she has an infectious disease.
      • I'd love to finish it but I've had a cold these past few days and haven't been feeling up to it.

  • 6

    (to look after)
    tener
    they have visitors/guests tienen visita/huéspedes
    • we had a friend staying with us teníamos a un amigo en casa
    • my mother offered to have the children mi madre se ofreció a cuidar a los niños
    • There is another arrival ceremony with short speeches thanking the hotel for having us.
    • Quick note to say it was fabulous having you, you're a great houseguest, come again any time.
    • We always seemed to have visitors and rushed to shut the windows to keep out the smell.
    • We are always thrilled to have him and it gives people who come up this way and visit a chance to call in.
    • How about I have you up for the weekend after choir gets out for Winter Break?
    • I was going to have Peter and Chris over to plan our trip to Aspen the next day.
  • 7

    we'll have it clean in no time enseguida lo limpiamos / lo dejamos limpio
    • he had them all laughing/in tears los hizo reír/llorar a todos
    • you had me worried me tenías preocupado
    • we'll soon have you out of here pronto te sacaremos de aquí
    • to have sb + inf
    • she had me retype it me lo hizo volver a pasar a máquina
    • I'll have her call you back as soon as she arrives le diré / pediré que lo llame en cuanto llegue
    • what else would you have them do? ¿qué más quieres que hagan?
    • to have sth + past p
    • he had a new palace built se hizo construir un nuevo palacio
    • you could have it repaired podrías hacerlo arreglar
    • you've had your hair cut! ¡te has cortado el pelo!
    • have him seen by the doctor hazlo ver por el médico
  • 8

    • 8.1(to allow, to permit)

      tolerar
      consentir
      I won't have it! ¡no lo consentiré / toleraré!
      • she refuses to have her private life discussed in public se niega a que discutan su vida privada en público
      • I won't have him interfering no pienso tolerar que se inmiscuya
      • we can't have her getting her hands dirty now, can we? ¡cómo vamos a permitir que la señora se ensucie las manos!
      • I'm not having you talk to Emma like that in front of us.
      • Said Retailer is having none of this and tries to carry on his tirade.
      • I don't like drama in my house. I won't have it.
      • 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.
      • We can't have you being late for something like this, now, can we?

    • 8.2(to accept, to believe)

      aceptar
      creer
      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 / creer

  • 9

    (indicating what happens)
    I have people coming for dinner tonight esta noche tengo gente a cenar
    • to have sth + inf/+ past p
    • I've had three lambs die this week se me han muerto tres corderos esta semana
    • he had his bicycle stolen le robaron la bicicleta
    • The man staying next to me at the hotel had his travel bag stolen from the room yesterday.
    • Three years ago a friend of ours had his mini stolen, and this is the email he sent me.
    • We have had previous experience of having cars damaged and stolen.
    • They suffered the indignity of having their pictures splashed all over the papers.
  • 10

    (indicating state, position)
    tener
    she had her eyes closed tenía los ojos cerrados
    • I had the radio on tenía la radio puesta
    • you have / (British) you've got your belt twisted tienes el cinturón torcido
    • what color shall we have the flowers? ¿de qué color ponemos (or compramos etc.) las flores?
    • let's have the sofa over here pongamos el sofá aquí
    • We cannot chastise her for what she does, because, ultimately, he had us fooled as well.
    • We'll have a room ready as soon as possible.
    • At one point, they even thought about removing her or having her removed from the jury.
    • We see little wildlife during the dive, but the experience has my adrenalin pumping.
    • It's a treat and guaranteed to have you curling up in laughter at some of the yarns and stories from times past.
    • The fire brigade soon had the blaze under control and were able to extinguish it swiftly.
    • Now her article has me thinking.
    • His unashamedly feel-good tunes look set to have us smiling for a few more years to come.
    • I haven't even had the radio on, so the current news just passed me by.
  • 11

    (to give birth to)
    (baby/twins) tener
    • My mother knows a couple, newly married and who have just gone through the happy experience of having a set of twins.
    • She was sterilised at Virginia Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded in 1957 after having twin boys out of wedlock.
    • In fact, most of them are perhaps of marrying age now and they are themselves having kids.
    • Both ladies are 31, so the pressures on them to start having children will soon mount.
    • It was her own experiences of having her two sons and two daughters that led her to wanting to become a midwife.
    • By having a baby a teenager won't be able to do these things, due to not being able to afford a babysitter.
    • I wondered why she decided to bring up her son by herself, as in l967 it was considered something of a scandal having a child out of wedlock and coming from a middle-class Army family?
    • The prospect of having children was always at the back of her mind but she did not let it trouble her too much.
  • 12

    • 12.1informal (to catch, to get the better of)

      they almost had him, but he managed to escape casi lo agarran / atrapan, pero logró escaparse
      • I'll have them for that ya me las pagarán
      • the name of the actor? you have me there ¿el nombre del actor? ¡ahí sí que me mataste!

    • 12.2informal

      (to swindle) timar
      (dupe) engañar
      you've been had! ¡te han timado / engañado!
      • I had you there: you thought I was serious! te engañé, te creíste que lo decía en serio
      • 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 … corre el rumor de que …
    • she was not in fact, as popular belief has it, an orphan no era en realidad huérfana, como se suele creer
    • as fate would have it, she … quiso la suerte que ella …
  • 14

    (in the sexual sense)
    poseer literary
    acostarse con

auxiliary verb

  • 1

    (used to form the perfect tenses)
    haber
    I have/had seen her la he/había visto
    • I have/had just seen her la acabo/acababa de ver
    • have you been waiting long? ¿llevas mucho rato esperando?
    • you have been busy ¡cómo has trabajado!
    • she'd already gone when we arrived ya se había ido cuando llegamos
    • had I known that / if I'd known that … si hubiera sabido que …
    • when he had finished, she … cuando hubo terminado, ella …
  • 2

    (in question tags)
    you've been told, haven't you? te lo han dicho ¿no? / ¿no es cierto? / ¿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't puede que tú lo hayas perdonado, pero yo no
    • the clock has stopped — so it has! el reloj se ha parado — ¡es verdad! / ¡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 + inf tener que + inf
      • do you have to go? ¿tienes que ir?
      • have you got to go? ¿tienes que ir?
      • you don't have to come if you don't want to no tienes que / no tienes por qué venir si no quieres
      • I have or I've got to admit that … tengo que reconocer que …
      • you don't have to be an expert to realize that no hay que / no se necesita ser un experto para darse cuenta de eso
      • don't go out unless you have to no salgas a menos que tengas que hacerlo
      • she always has to interfere siempre tiene que inmiscuirse

    • 4.2(expressing certainty)

      have (got) to + inf tener que + inf
      • someone has to / someone's got to lose alguien tiene que perder
      • it had to happen tenía que ocurrir
      • you've got to be kidding! ¡lo dices en broma / en chiste!