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litigate

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verb lit·i·gate \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\

Simple Definition of litigate

  • law : to make (something) the subject of a lawsuit : to cause (a case, an issue, etc.) to be decided and settled in a court of law

Full Definition of litigate

lit·i·gat·edlit·i·gat·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to carry on a legal contest by judicial process

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 archaic :  dispute

  5. 2 :  to contest at law <litigate a claim>

lit·i·ga·ble play \ˈli-ti-gə-bəl\ adjective
lit·i·ga·tion play \ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
lit·i·ga·tor play \ˈli-tə-ˌgā-tər\ noun

Examples of litigate

  1. They agree to litigate all disputes in this court.

  2. The company's unwillingness to make a deal increased her desire to litigate.



Origin of litigate

Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare, from lit-, lis lawsuit + agere to drive — more at agent


First Known Use: 1615

Rhymes with litigate

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