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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WASHINGTON—Wall Street’s top regulator pushed the pause button on cases being litigated through its in-house courts one day after suffering a defeat at the Supreme Court. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "SEC Halts In-House Cases After Defeat at Supreme Court," 22 June 2018 Berman said the issue would be litigated extensively and would have to be definitively decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Darlene Superville, chicagotribune.com, "Trump opioid plan includes death penalty for traffickers," 19 Mar. 2018 New internet speech laws would be fiercely litigated, with First Amendment claims from both private companies and individual speakers. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump keeps complaining about bias on Twitter — but what can he do about it? 8 experts weigh in.," 23 Aug. 2018 Some women come who are already litigating and have attorneys. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "Senior splitting from your spouse? 'Collaborative divorce' is a friendlier, cheaper way," 5 July 2018 In this Court's view, a plaintiff that genuinely seeks to invoke its protection rights under the Patent Act would eagerly litigate the validity issue, at least once, so a decision on the merits would emerge. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Notorious patent enforcement entity values its entire portfolio at $2, folds," 1 Nov. 2018 Companies would no longer be able to deduct from their tax liabilities their expenses and attorney fees spent litigating workplace harassment. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Murkowski proposes a government role in the #MeToo movement," 8 June 2018 The damages were decided after Apple and Samsung spent the last week litigating the case. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Car Has a Flat and Samsung Must Pay Up," 26 May 2018 Balwani was also charged in the case, and the SEC said his case would be litigated in federal court in the Northern District of California. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Theranos' Elizabeth Holmes and 'Sunny' Balwani are indicted and accused of fraud schemes," 15 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

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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

History and Etymology for litigate

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

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