contraction of we have: We've been here for an hour.

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we've (wiːv)
contraction of
we have

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Example sentences
Over the past three years, we've seen the destructive impact of oil.
We've had to completely automate our factories to meet the tremendous demand.
We've done a number of entries on overused words and clichés.
They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the
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