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 litigate (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 The final word may not rest with Biden, but the courts, if Trump decides to litigate — which is expected — or if the House votes to hold any of the witnesses in contempt of Congress. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Oct. 2021 The vast majority of our transfer pricing cases — which are really complicated and really expensive for the IRS to litigate — are outbound, not inbound. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 But the efforts to re-litigate the 2020 election in Wisconsin are not over. Lauren Dezenski, CNN, 10 Aug. 2021 So, too, to litigate the expedient politics and tactical missteps that underlie President Biden’s decision to announce earlier this year the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 When trapped in a bad record deal preventing her from fully benefitting from her commercial success, Jay Z provided Megan the necessary legal support to rightfully litigate the contract terms. Raquel "rocky" Harris, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Cleveland has lost them all but continues to litigate. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 27 Aug. 2021 Fly fishermen and boaters formed the Utah Stream Access Coalition, or USAC, and assembled teams of talented lawyers to litigate two major suits. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Aug. 2021 But there is growing public support from conservatives for Brandtjen's effort, which is dividing Republicans over how to litigate the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Aug. 2021

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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litigate

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English Language Learners Definition of litigate

: 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 litigate (audio) \ adjective
litigation \ ˌli-​tə-​ˈgā-​shən How to pronounce litigate (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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