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gotta

[ got-uh ]
/ ˈgɒt ə /
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Informal.
got to; have got to: I can’t stay—I gotta get up early tomorrow.
got a; have got a: Hey, man, gotta light?
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Origin of gotta

First recorded in 1885–90 in spelling gotter, representing the r-less British pronunciation of the phrase (have) got to or (have) got a in continuous rapid speech

usage note for gotta

See get.
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British Dictionary definitions for gotta

gotta
/ (ˈɡɒtə) /

verb, contraction of slang
got to
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