have to

Also, have got to. Be obliged to, must. For example, We have to go now, or He has got to finish the paper today. The use of have as an auxiliary verb to indicate obligation goes back to the 16th century; the variant using got dates from the mid-1800s.


Nearby words

  1. have the guts,
  2. have the heart to,
  3. have the last laugh,
  4. have the makings of,
  5. have the say,
  6. have to do with,
  7. have to show for,
  8. have two left feet,
  9. have up,
  10. have words with

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