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HAD, pret. and pp. of have; contracted from Sax.haefd, that is, haved; as, I had; I have had. In the phrase, "I had better go," it is supposed that had is used for would; "I'd better go." The sense of the phrase is, "it would be better for me to go."




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HAD, pret. and pp. of have; contracted from Sax.haefd, that is, haved; as, I had; I have had. In the phrase, "I had better go," it is supposed that had is used for would; "I'd better go." The sense of the phrase is, "it would be better for me to go."


HAD, v.t. [pret. and pp. of have; contracted from Sax. hæfd, that is, haved; as, I had; I have had. In the phrase, “I had better go,” it is supposed that had is used for would; “I'd better go.” The sense of the phrase is, “it would be better for me to go.”]


Had
  1. See Have.

    Had as lief, Had rather, Had better, Had as soon, etc., with a nominative and followed by the infinitive without to, are well established idiomatic forms. The original construction was that of the dative with forms of be, followed by the infinitive. See Had better, under Better.

    And lever me is be pore and trewe.
    [And more agreeable to me it is to be poor and true.]
    C. Mundi (Trans.).

    Him had been lever to be syke.
    [To him it had been preferable to be sick.]
    Fabian.

    For him was lever have at his bed's head
    Twenty bookes, clad in black or red, . . .
    Than robes rich, or fithel, or gay sawtrie.
    Chaucer.

    Gradually the nominative was substituted for the dative, and had for the forms of be. During the process of transition, the nominative with was or were, and the dative with had, are found.

    Poor lady, she were better love a dream. Shak.

    You were best hang yourself. Beau. *** Fl.

    Me rather had my heart might feel your love
    Than my unpleased eye see your courtesy.
    Shak.

    I hadde levere than my scherte,
    That ye hadde rad his legende, as have I.
    Chaucer.

    I had as lief not be as live to be
    In awe of such a thing as I myself.
    Shak.

    I had rather be a dog and bay the moon,
    Than such a Roman.
    Shak.

    I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Ps. lxxxiv. 10.

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Had

HAD, preterit tense and participle passive of have; contracted from Sax.haefd, that is, haved; as, I had; I have had In the phrase, 'I had better go, ' it is supposed that had is used for would; 'I'd better go.' The sense of the phrase is, 'it would be better for me to go.'

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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SKILL'FUL, a.

1. Knowing; well versed in any art; hence, dextrous; able in management; able to perform nicely any manual operation in the arts or professions; as a skillful mechanic; a skillful operator in surgery.

2. Well versed in practice; as a skillful physician.

It is followed by at or in; as skillful at the organ; skillful in drawing.

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