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“gotta” meaning

It is a short form of have got to.

Gotta is a way of writing got to that shows how these words are pronounced in the expression have got to in casual speech: have gotta

Have gotta is an informal way of saying that something is necessary or must be true.

In very informal language, gotta is sometimes written and spoken without have.

Examples:

  • I gotta go now.
  • He’s gotta be kidding.
  • I gotta go now.=I have to go now.
  • Gotta ciggie?=Have you got a cigarette?