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[lit-i-geyt] /ˈlɪt ɪˌgeɪt/
verb (used with object), litigated, litigating.
to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law.
Archaic. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.).
verb (used without object), litigated, litigating.
to carry on a lawsuit.
Origin of litigate
1605-15; < Latin lītigātus (past participle of lītigāre to go to law). See litigant, -ate1
Related forms
litigative, adjective
relitigate, verb (used with object), relitigated, relitigating.
unlitigated, adjective
unlitigating, adjective Unabridged
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  • Actions brought in those courts can take many months and thousands of dollars to litigate.
  • He knew that he could litigate with a view to winning or try to settle.
  • Although there are no appeals to the decision of an arbitrator, in some cases, an employee may later litigate the same claim.
  • It would cost you more to litigate so you pay a marginal amount get on with business.
  • It's outrageous that he's trying to litigate in secret.
  • Now, he said, it is up to whoever can produce the underlying note to litigate the case.
  • Our only recourse as the main leaseholder on the property has been to litigate.
  • And if they choose to litigate the stack of contested ballots, the election result will remain undetermined even longer.
  • He said that he believed enough of the case was left to litigate before the jury, if the defendants so desired.
  • The owners could oppose that, preferring to litigate each and every case brought by the tenants.
British Dictionary definitions for litigate


to bring or contest (a claim, action, etc) in a lawsuit
(intransitive) to engage in legal proceedings
Derived Forms
litigator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lītigāre, from līt-, stem of līs lawsuit + agere to carry on
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Word Origin and History for litigate

1610s, from Middle French litigier and directly from Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare "to dispute, carry on a suit" (see litigation). Related: Litigated; litigating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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