file/initiate a lawsuit

Definition of file/initiate a lawsuit

:to start a process by which a court of law makes a decision to end a disagreement between people or organizations
  • When the newspaper refused to admit that the story was false, the actor filed/initiated a lawsuit against the publisher.

Word by Word Definitions

file play
  1. : a tool usually of hardened steel with cutting ridges for forming or smoothing surfaces especially of metal

  2. : a shrewd or crafty person

  1. : to rub, smooth, or cut away with or as if with a file

  1. : defile, corrupt

  1. : to arrange in order for preservation and reference

  2. : to place among official records as prescribed by law

  3. : to send (copy) to a newspaper

  1. : a device (such as a folder, case, or cabinet) by means of which papers are kept in order

  2. : roll, list

  3. : a collection of papers or publications usually arranged or classified

  1. : single file

  2. : any of the rows of squares that extend across a chessboard from one player's side to the other player's side

  1. : to march or proceed in single file

  1. : powdered young leaves of sassafras used to thicken soups or stews

initiate play
  1. : to cause or facilitate the beginning of : set going

  2. : to induct into membership by or as if by special rites

  3. : to instruct in the rudiments or principles of something : introduce

  1. : initiated or properly admitted (as to membership or an office)

  2. : instructed in some secret knowledge

  3. : relating to an initiate

  1. : a person who is undergoing or has undergone an initiation

  2. : a person who is instructed or adept in some special field

lawsuit play
  1. : a suit in law : a case before a court


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up file/initiate a lawsuit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

serious difficulty or misfortune

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!