litigate

  • 1 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 …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Litigate — Lit i*gate, v. i. To carry on a suit by judicial process. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 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 …

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  • 6 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

  • 7 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 …

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  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 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

  • 12 litigate — verb Litigate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑case …

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  • 13 litigate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. contest, dispute, sue, prosecute. See lawsuit. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. dispute, contest, prosecute; see sue . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) v. [LIT uh GATE] to take a dispute to… …

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  • 14 litigate — litigative, adj. /lit i gayt /, v., litigated, litigating. v.t. 1. to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law. 2. Archaic. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.). v.i. 3. to carry on a lawsuit. [1605 15; < L litigatus (ptp. of litigare to go …

    Universalium

  • 15 litigate — verb /litiɡeɪt/ To go to law …

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  • 16 litigate — Synonyms and related words: bring action against, bring into court, bring suit, bring to justice, bring to trial, drag into court, go into litigation, go to law, implead, law, prosecute, prosecute at law, put in suit, put on trial, seek in law,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 litigate — lit|i|gate [ˈlıtıgeıt] v [I and T] [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of litigare, from lis law case + agere to drive ] law to take a claim or complaint against someone to a court of law …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 litigate — lit|i|gate [ lıtı,geıt ] verb intransitive LEGAL to ask a court of law to make a decision about a disagreement …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 litigate — lit·i·gate || lɪtɪgeɪt v. legally dispute, contest in a court of law (Law) …

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  • 20 litigate — [ lɪtɪgeɪt] verb go to law; be a party to a lawsuit. ↘take (a dispute) to a law court. Derivatives litigation noun litigator noun Origin C17 (earlier (C16) as litigation): from L. litigat , litigare to dispute in a lawsuit , from lis, lit lawsuit …

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