litigate

verb
lit·​i·​gate | \ ˈli-tə-ˌgāt How to pronounce litigate (audio) \
litigated; litigating

Definition of litigate

intransitive verb

: to carry on a legal contest by judicial (see judicial sense 1a) process only states can litigate before this court— R. H. Heindel

transitive verb

1 : to decide and settle in a court of law litigate a claim
2 archaic : dispute

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Other Words from litigate

litigable \ ˈli-​ti-​gə-​bəl How to pronounce litigable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of litigate in a Sentence

They agree to litigate all disputes in this court. The company's unwillingness to make a deal increased her desire to litigate.

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UConn wants to see the Huskies, under new head coach Dan Hurley, break free from the legacy of Ollie and the specter of litigating against Ollie. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 The judge said that question could be litigated only when or if the center actually began promoting political causes. Michael Tarm, The Seattle Times, "Judge OKs suit aimed at halting Obama library in Chicago," 19 Feb. 2019 To stamp out the impostors, companies such as Nike and Reebok needed someone to find the fraudulent sources and then litigate. Dan Greene, SI.com, "Flight of the Sole Man," 8 Mar. 2018 The Florida elections are part of a huge partisan fight — and are being litigated in the courts The close races have fueled partisan attacks. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Florida’s high-stakes recounts for governor and Senate, explained," 15 Nov. 2018 The only issue still being litigated is compensation for plaintiffs’ lawyers, who are seeking the second highest fee in the history of the court. Ronald Barusch, WSJ, "Dealpolitik: For Facebook and Zuckerberg, Avoiding Testimony in Share Case Could Cost $20 Million an Hour," 7 Aug. 2018 The Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group that argued the Masterpiece case, is currently litigating cases where free speech, religious freedom and public accommodation laws collide. New York Times, "Why the Supreme Court Opening Could Affect Gay Marriage as Well as Abortion," 3 July 2018 The Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative legal group that argued the Masterpiece case, is currently litigating cases where free speech, religious freedom and public accommodation laws collide. BostonGlobe.com, "Supreme Court opening could affect same-sex marriage as much as abortion," 3 July 2018 Kesha dropped her assault lawsuit against the producer in California, but has not backed down from her accusations and is still litigating her contract in New York. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Kesha focuses on upcoming tour and 'my happiness,' but Dr. Luke lawsuit continues," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of litigate

1615, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for litigate

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

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litigate

verb

English Language Learners 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

litigate

verb
lit·​i·​gate | \ ˈli-tə-ˌgāt How to pronounce litigate (audio) \
litigated; litigating

Legal Definition of litigate

intransitive verb

: to seek resolution of a legal contest by judicial process chose to litigate rather than settle

transitive verb

: to make the subject of a suit litigate a claim broadly : to contest or resolve in court litigate an insanity defense

Other Words from litigate

litigable \ ˈli-​tə-​gə-​bəl How to pronounce litigable (audio) \ adjective
litigation \ ˌli-​tə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce litigation (audio) \ noun
litigational \ -​shə-​nəl \ adjective
litigatory \ ˈli-​tə-​gə-​ˌtōr-​ē \ adjective

History and Etymology for litigate

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

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