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phrasal verb [transitive] [never progressive]
Word Forms
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.

    I couldn't see. I didn't have my glasses on.

    Melissa had her new dress on.

    have nothing on (=be wearing no clothes):

    Of course he was cold – he had 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 has the television on.

    We haven't had the air conditioning on all summer.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of have on
  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.

  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?

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of have on
  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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of have on
See also main entry: have


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