I watched this film "Don't worry, Darling" and there is a scene. In that scene, at a party, a host wanted a man named Jack Chambers to come up on stage and give a word, so he said "Jack Chambers, If I could have you up here for a minute. Come on, everybody, give him a round of applause".

What does the verb "have" mean in that sentence?

Does it mean invite or welcome?

Why not "I would like to invite Jack Chambers to come up here for a minute" or "I would like to welcome Jack Chambers for a minute"?

  • It's a mistake, either from the actor or whoever transcribed it. It should say, "...if I could have you up here..."
    – gotube
    Nov 30, 2022 at 1:47
  • @gotube, I am so sorry. That was my typo!
    – Tom
    Nov 30, 2022 at 2:53

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Yes, it means something like "invite" or "welcome". From M-W, the most appropriate definition is probably:

b: to cause to be in a certain place or state
has people around at all times

Note that the clause does not use standard syntax. As mentioned in a commment above, the speaker may have meant:

Jack Chambers, if I could have you up here for a minute.

This is a sentence fragment but is a common polite way of making a request. Your two suggestions would be fine, as well.

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