litigate

verb
lit·i·gate | \ ˈli-tə-ˌgāt \
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 archaic : dispute

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

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Other words from litigate

litigable \ˈli-ti-gə-bəl \ adjective
litigation \ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən \ noun
litigator \ˈli-tə-ˌgā-tər \ noun

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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Meanwhile, Democrats … believe their best chance to defeat Kavanaugh lies in highlighting the stakes for average Americans, not in re-litigating past political battles. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's controversial and much-litigated order limiting travel into the United States from several countries, most of them Muslim-majority nations. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court upholds Trump's controversial travel ban: What we know now," 26 June 2018 Cullers said that when patients do seek compensation in civil court, attorneys often turn them away because malpractice cases are expensive to litigate, sometimes more than $150,000 per case. Ginger Christ And Brie Zeltner, cleveland.com, "System to screen and credential newly-hired doctors can miss previous sexual assault allegations, Ohio State case shows," 28 Jan. 2018 If Pueblo and Black Hills can’t agree on a price, state regulators would step in or the matter would be litigated in court. Justin Worland/pueblo, Time, "How One Industrial City Is Fighting to Go Green," 12 July 2018 But the one thing everyone agrees is that no one really knows for sure, because the issue has never really been litigated in a competitive election. NBC News, "Meet the progressive whose surprise win just spoiled establishment Democrats' plans," 16 May 2018 Hundreds of municipalities, have filed lawsuits in response, and they will be litigated in a Cleveland courtroom beginning next year. Washington Post, "Sessions to opioid distributors: ‘I’m not shedding any tears if you’re no longer making profits’," 1 May 2018 The case, in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, litigated for less than a year, and the settlement agreement was filed in the court under seal. Mark Davis, kansascity, "Cerner settles another lawsuit that claimed it failed to pay employees overtime," 29 June 2018 The issue of getting defendants to court on time has been litigated several times in recent years in San Diego. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Problems getting detainees to court on time magnified under 'zero-tolerance' immigration crackdown," 24 June 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

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

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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 \
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 \ adjective
litigation \ˌli-tə-ˈgā-shən \ noun
litigational \-shə-nəl \ adjective
litigatory \ˈli-tə-gə-ˌtōr-ē \ adjective

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