litigate

[lit-i-geyt]
verb (used with object), litigated, litigating.
1.
to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law.
2.
Archaic. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.).
verb (used without object), litigated, litigating.
3.
to carry on a lawsuit.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin lītigātus (past participle of lītigāre to go to law). See litigant, -ate1

litigative, adjective
relitigate, verb (used with object), relitigated, relitigating.
unlitigated, adjective
unlitigating, adjective
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litigate (ˈlɪtɪˌɡeɪt)
 
vb
1.  to bring or contest (a claim, action, etc) in a lawsuit
2.  (intr) to engage in legal proceedings
 
[C17: from Latin lītigāre, from līt-, stem of līs lawsuit + agere to carry on]
 
'litigator
 
n

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litigate
1610s, from L. litigatus, pp. of litigare "to dispute, carry on a suit" (see litigation). Related: Litigating.
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Example sentences
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.
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