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got·​ta | \ ˈgä-tə How to pronounce gotta (audio) \

Definition of gotta

used for "got to" in informal speech and in representations of such speechYou've gotta be [=you must be] kidding me.I gotta go. [=I have to go, I have got to go]If you're going to invite me to a dance, you've gotta let me dance.— Quentin TarantinoFish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly. And opera stars gotta do crossover songs.— Steve Kort

First Known Use of gotta

1891, in the meaning defined above

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“Gotta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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