have got to (do something)

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have got to (do something)

To be obligated, obliged, or required to (do something). I don't want to go to the family reunion, but I'm afraid I've got to. I have got to get this essay finished before Monday!
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I walked as far as I could upon the shore to have got to her; but found a neck or inlet of water between me and the boat which was about half a mile broad; so I came back for the present, being more intent upon getting at the ship, where I hoped to find something for my present subsistence.
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