file/initiate a lawsuit

Definition of file/initiate a lawsuit

  1. :  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

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

    :  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

    :  to place among official records as prescribed by law

    :  to send (copy) to a newspaper

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

    :  roll, list

    :  a collection of papers or publications usually arranged or classified

  1. :  single file

    :  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. :  to cause or facilitate the beginning of :  set going

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

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

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

    :  instructed in some secret knowledge

    :  relating to an initiate

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

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

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

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to criticize severely

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