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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All these things need to be re-litigated in a world in which there are no givens. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, ""The Society" Renewed for Season 2 on Netflix," 9 July 2019 The issue of whether Missguided’s Instagram behavior violated trademark law was never actually litigated, though: the company just didn’t respond to her lawsuit, leading to a loss. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Kim Kardashian West wins $2.8 million from company that kept tagging her in Instagram posts," 3 July 2019 There's no use litigating why Duquette, who successfully used the international market in his time with the Montreal Expos and Boston Red Sox, wasn't a player on that frontier with the Orioles. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles reset: How the international signing date went from ignored to indispensable," 1 July 2019 That decision has been re-litigated over the years - Solo herself, who is in France working for the BBC, recently wrote an interesting piece. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Now the Women’s World Cup intrigue starts for the undefeated U.S. women’s team," 20 June 2019 There is a particular fear that games of soccer risk becoming on-field lawsuits, where crucial moments are endlessly re-litigated. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "How to make the case for and against VAR—video assistant referee—in the beautiful game," 10 June 2019 If a resolution can't be reached, then the cases will be litigated over the next year, the judge said. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Federal judge urges quick settlement in lawsuits against opioid makers as American death toll mounts," 9 Jan. 2018 His firm, which litigates investment fraud, handles cases involving wealthy athletes who have lost large amounts of money through inexperience and fraud. Anna Bahney, CNN, "Hiring a wealth adviser you can trust just got a little easier. But there are still risks," 24 June 2019 Shouldn’t these kids be playing video games or something, doing pretty much anything but litigating to save the planet? Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Kids suing the US over climate change are getting global support," 1 June 2019

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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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