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.
Recent Examples on the Web Settling the case was a better option than continuing to litigate, because the settlement results in more money being paid directly to employees, and less to attorneys. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Blue Bottle Coffee to pay $1.5 million to settle wage theft claims," 10 Mar. 2020 And even fewer cases require the attorney’s general’s office to litigate against an agency within Indiana’s own government, said John Haskin, a local employment attorney interviewed by IndyStar. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "A state employee said her boss hit her. She complained. Then she lost her job.," 5 Feb. 2020 In a 10-minute video interview with the Daily Caller this week, Dunleavy attempted to draw parallels between the recall effort and the impeachment investigation ofTrump, saying that both are attempts to litigate and overturn election results. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Even before certification, recall campaign and defense are accelerating," 17 Oct. 2019 The Trump administration, which has told courts that the entire law should be thrown out, had asked the justices not to take up the question of the constitutionality of the law until the lower courts were done litigating the matter. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court to decide fate of Obamacare, elevating healthcare as election issue," 2 Mar. 2020 Kamins, an attorney in private practice, previously served as a senior assistant attorney general in the Oregon Department of Justice and litigated civil matters as an attorney at an international law firm in Washington, D.C. oregonlive, "Kate Brown names judge to Oregon Court of Appeals seat she previously awarded her own lawyer without any competition," 17 Jan. 2020 The last 36 hours provided a preview too of the issues that will likely be litigated in the run-up to the first-in-the-West contest. Rick Klein And, ABC News, "The Note: Bloomberg spends and hacks his way into campaign conversation," 14 Feb. 2020 Flint residents have filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the city, the state, and the federal government that continue to be litigated. Alex Baker-whitcomb, Wired, "An Early Flu Season, a Flight Simulator Revival, and More News," 16 Dec. 2019 Dadush believes there could be ways to litigate it through contract or tort law, but consumer law might be identity harm’s best legal home. Marc Bain, Quartz at Work, "What can we do when supposedly ethical companies break their promises?," 16 Dec. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/litigate. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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litigate

verb
How to pronounce litigate (audio)

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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