litigate


lit·i·gate

verb \ˈli-tə-ˌgāt\

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

lit·i·gat·edlit·i·gat·ing

Full Definition of LITIGATE

intransitive verb
:  to carry on a legal contest by judicial process
transitive verb
1
archaic :  dispute
2
:  to contest at law <litigate a claim>
lit·i·ga·ble \ˈli-ti-gə-bəl\ adjective
lit·i·ga·tion \ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən\ noun
lit·i·ga·tor \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

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