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habban, class 3 weak verb. have; hold; possess.

These spellings occur in the Old English Aerobics texts:

 singularplural
infinitivehabban
inflected infinitivetō habbanne
present indicative1hafo hafu hæbbe hafa habbað nabbað hæbbe
2Hafast Hæfst
3hæfð hafað næfð
past indicative1hæfde hæfdon
2
3hæfde næfde
present subjunctivehæbbe hæbben næbben
past subjunctivehæfde næfde hæfden
imperativehabbað
past participlehæfd

This word occurs 163 times in the Old English Aerobics Anthology. To see a list of occurrences of habban in a text, click a title below. Click a line- or sentence-number to see the word in context.

Beowulf

Alfred the Great's Preface

Battle of Finnesburh

  • 11 habbað. have.

Battle of Maldon

  • 13 hæfde. had.
  • 22 hæfde. had.
  • 121 hæfde. had.
  • 197 hæfde. had.
  • 199 hæfde. had.
  • 231 hafast. have.
  • 236 habban. have.
  • 237 hæfð. has.
  • 289 hæfde. had.

Boethius on Fame

Cynewulf and Cyneheard

  • [1] hæfde. had.
  • [3] hæfde. had.
  • [6] hæfdon. had.
  • [10] hæfdon. had.

Dream of the Rood

  • 16 hæfdon. had.
  • 49 hæfde. had.
  • 50 hæbbe. have.
  • 52 hæfdon. had.
  • 79 hæbbe. have.

Husband's Message

  • 35 hafað. has.
  • 44 hafað. has.

Life of St Æthelthryth

  • [8] hæfde. had.

Martyrdom of Ælfheah

  • [2] hæfdon. had.
  • [4] hæfdon. had.
  • [8] hæfdon. had.
  • [11] hæfdon. had.

Ohthere and Wulfstan

Selection of Riddles

  • e5 hafu. have.

Sermo Lupi ad Anglos

Story of Cædmon

Waldere

  • 34 hafa. have.
  • 44 hæfde. had.
  • 53 tō habbanne. have.

Wanderer

  • 31 hafað. has.

Wife's Lament

  • 7 hæfde. had.
  • 43 habban. have.

William the Conqueror

Ælfric on the Book of Job

Exercises and sample sentences

  • hæfd. held.
  • næfde. had (negated).
  • habbað. have.
  • hæfð. has.
  • habban. have.
  • nabbað. have (negated).
  • hæbbe. have.
  • hæfdon. had.
  • habban. have.
  • hafað. has.
  • hafu. have.
  • hæfden. had.
  • Hæfst. have.
  • hæbbe. have.
  • hafað. has.
  • Hæbbe. have.
  • hæfð. has.