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  1. 1
    used for saying that you think something is probably true because nothing else seems possible

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  2. 2
    used for saying that it is necessary or important to do something

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    1. a.
      used for ordering someone to do or not do something

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    2. b.
      used for saying that it is your duty to do something

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  3. 4
    mainly British used for emphasizing that you intend to do something. In American English it is more common to use have to or have got to

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