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