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phrasal verb [transitive] [never progressive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhave on
he/she/ithas on
present participlehaving on
past tensehad on
past participlehad on

or have got on

  1. 1
    have something on to be wearing particular clothes, shoes etc
    Melissa had her new dress on.
    I couldn’t see properly. I didn’t have my glasses on.
    have nothing on (=be wearing no clothes): Of course he was cold – he’d got practically nothing on.
  2. 2
    have something on if you have the radio, television, heating etc on, you have switched it on and it is working
    I can’t talk to him while he’s got the television on.
    We haven’t had the air conditioning on all summer.
  3. 3
    have something on someone to have information about someone that shows they have done something dishonest or illegal
    They haven’t got anything on Marlowe, so they can’t arrest him.
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  4. 4
    have something on to have arranged to do something at a particular time, so that you are not available to do anything else
    have on for: Do you have anything on for tomorrow afternoon?
  5. 5
    be having someone on British informal to be trying to make someone believe something that is not true, as a joke
    He’s having you on: don’t take any notice of him.
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See also main entry: have

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