litigate

[ lit-i-geyt ]
/ ˈlɪt ɪˌgeɪt /

verb (used with object), lit·i·gat·ed, lit·i·gat·ing.

to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law.
Archaic. to dispute (a point, assertion, etc.).

verb (used without object), lit·i·gat·ed, lit·i·gat·ing.

to carry on a lawsuit.

Origin of litigate

First recorded in 1605–15, litigate is from the Latin word lītigātus (past participle of lītigāre to go to law). See litigant, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM litigate

lit·i·ga·tive, adjectivere·lit·i·gate, verb (used with object), re·lit·i·gat·ed, re·lit·i·gat·ing.un·lit·i·gat·ed, adjectiveun·lit·i·gat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for litigative

litigate
/ (ˈlɪtɪˌɡeɪt) /

verb

to bring or contest (a claim, action, etc) in a lawsuit
(intr) to engage in legal proceedings

Derived forms of litigate

litigator, noun

Word Origin for litigate

C17: from Latin lītigāre, from līt-, stem of līs lawsuit + agere to carry on
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