Litigate
Litigate Lit"i*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Litigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Litigating}.] [See {Litigation}.] To make the subject of a lawsuit; to contest in law; to prosecute or defend by pleadings, exhibition of evidence, and judicial debate in a court; as, to litigate a cause. [1913 Webster]

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  • litigate — lit·i·gate / li tə ˌgāt/ vb gat·ed, gat·ing [Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare, from lit , lis lawsuit + agere to drive] vi: to seek resolution of a legal contest by judicial process chose to litigate rather than settle vt: to make the …   Law dictionary

  • litigate — lit‧i‧gate [ˈlɪtgeɪt] verb [intransitive, transitive] LAW to take a claim or complaint against a person or organization to a court of law: • He spent several weeks looking for the right lawyers to litigate the case. litigate against • She now… …   Financial and business terms

  • Litigate — Lit i*gate, v. i. To carry on a suit by judicial process. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • litigate — (v.) 1610s, from M.Fr. litigier and directly from L. litigatus, pp. of litigare to dispute, carry on a suit (see LITIGATION (Cf. litigation)). Related: Litigated; litigating …   Etymology dictionary

  • litigate — [v] bring matter before court of law appeal, contest, dispute, drag into court*, file suit, go to court, go to law, institute legal proceedings, press charges, prosecute, see one in court*, sue, take the law on*; concept 317 …   New thesaurus

  • litigate — ► VERB 1) go to law; be a party to a lawsuit. 2) take (a dispute) to a law court. DERIVATIVES litigation noun litigator noun. ORIGIN Latin litigare, from lis lawsuit …   English terms dictionary

  • litigate — [lit′igāt΄] vt. litigated, litigating [< L litigatus, pp. of litigare, to dispute, carry on a suit < lis (gen. litis), dispute + agere, to do: see ACT1] to contest in a lawsuit vi. to carry on a lawsuit litigator n …   English World dictionary

  • litigate — [[t]lɪ̱tɪgeɪt[/t]] litigates, litigating, litigated VERB To litigate means to take legal action. [LEGAL] [V n] ...the cost of litigating personal injury claims in the county court... If we have to litigate, we will …   English dictionary

  • litigate — UK [ˈlɪtɪɡeɪt] / US [ˈlɪtɪˌɡeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms litigate : present tense I/you/we/they litigate he/she/it litigates present participle litigating past tense litigated past participle litigated legal to ask a court of law to make a …   English dictionary

  • litigate — verb ( gated; gating) Etymology: Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare, from lit , lis lawsuit + agere to drive more at agent Date: 1615 intransitive verb to carry on a legal contest by judicial process transitive verb 1. archaic dis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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