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litigate

[lit-i-geyt] /ˈlɪt ɪˌgeɪt/
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
1605-1615
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
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  • Most executive agencies, however, enjoy a certain measure of independent litigating authority on civil matters.
British Dictionary definitions for litigating

litigate

/ˈlɪtɪˌɡeɪt/
verb
1.
to bring or contest (a claim, action, etc) in a lawsuit
2.
(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 litigating

litigate

v.

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.

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