Meaning of “gotta” in the English Dictionary

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"gotta" in American English

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gottaverb [ I ]

us /ˈɡɑt̬·ə/ not standard

(spelled the way it is often spoken) got to:

"I gotta go now."
"He’s gotta be kidding."

(Definition of “gotta” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)