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have

modal verb
 
 
/hæv/ ( past tense and past participle had, present tense singular has)
have to do sth; have got to do sth A2 to need to do something or be forced to do something: I have to go to Berlin tomorrow. Do we have to finish this today? They've had to change their plans.Essential or necessary
A2 used when you are telling someone how to do something: You've got to type in your name, then your password.Giving orders and commands
used to say that you feel certain that something is true or will happen: Interest rates have to come down at some point. There's (= there has) got to be a better way of doing this. CertaintyConfidence and self-assurance
(Definition of have modal verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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