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lit·i·gate

 (lĭt′ĭ-gāt′)
v. lit·i·gat·ed, lit·i·gat·ing, lit·i·gates
v.tr.
To prosecute or defend (a lawsuit or legal action); pursue (a legal case).
v.intr.
To bring a lawsuit or defend against a lawsuit in court.

[Latin lītigāre, lītigāt- : līs, līt-, lawsuit + agere, to drive; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

lit′i·ga·ble (-gə-bəl) adj.
lit′i·ga′tion n.
lit′i·ga′tor n.

litigate

(ˈlɪtɪˌɡeɪt)
vb
1. (Law) to bring or contest (a claim, action, etc) in a lawsuit
2. (Law) (intr) to engage in legal proceedings
[C17: from Latin lītigāre, from līt-, stem of līs lawsuit + agere to carry on]
ˈlitiˌgator n

lit•i•gate

(ˈlɪt ɪˌgeɪt)

v. -gat•ed, -gat•ing. v.t.
1. to make the subject of a lawsuit; contest at law.
v.i.
2. to carry on a lawsuit.
[1605–15; < Latin lītigātus, past participle of lītigāre to go to law =līt-, s. of līs a lawsuit + -igāre (compare fumigate)]
lit′i•ga`tive, adj.

litigate


Past participle: litigated
Gerund: litigating

Imperative
litigate
litigate
Present
I litigate
you litigate
he/she/it litigates
we litigate
you litigate
they litigate
Preterite
I litigated
you litigated
he/she/it litigated
we litigated
you litigated
they litigated
Present Continuous
I am litigating
you are litigating
he/she/it is litigating
we are litigating
you are litigating
they are litigating
Present Perfect
I have litigated
you have litigated
he/she/it has litigated
we have litigated
you have litigated
they have litigated
Past Continuous
I was litigating
you were litigating
he/she/it was litigating
we were litigating
you were litigating
they were litigating
Past Perfect
I had litigated
you had litigated
he/she/it had litigated
we had litigated
you had litigated
they had litigated
Future
I will litigate
you will litigate
he/she/it will litigate
we will litigate
you will litigate
they will litigate
Future Perfect
I will have litigated
you will have litigated
he/she/it will have litigated
we will have litigated
you will have litigated
they will have litigated
Future Continuous
I will be litigating
you will be litigating
he/she/it will be litigating
we will be litigating
you will be litigating
they will be litigating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been litigating
you have been litigating
he/she/it has been litigating
we have been litigating
you have been litigating
they have been litigating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been litigating
you will have been litigating
he/she/it will have been litigating
we will have been litigating
you will have been litigating
they will have been litigating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been litigating
you had been litigating
he/she/it had been litigating
we had been litigating
you had been litigating
they had been litigating
Conditional
I would litigate
you would litigate
he/she/it would litigate
we would litigate
you would litigate
they would litigate
Past Conditional
I would have litigated
you would have litigated
he/she/it would have litigated
we would have litigated
you would have litigated
they would have litigated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.litigate - engage in legal proceedings
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
action, sue, litigate, process - institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
2.litigate - institute legal proceedings againstlitigate - institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
expedite - process fast and efficiently; "I will try to expedite the matter"
litigate - engage in legal proceedings

litigate

verb
To institute or subject to legal proceedings:
Idiom: bring suit.
Translations

litigate

[ˈlɪtɪgeɪt] VIlitigar, pleitear

litigate

[ˈlɪtɪgeɪt]
vt [+ claim] → mettre en litige
viplaider

litigate

vieinen Prozess führen or anstrengen

litigate

[ˈlɪtɪˌgeɪt] viessere in causa
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I have given a judgment for the residuary legatee under the will," said the Court, "put the costs upon the contestants, decided all questions relating to fees and other charges; and, in short, the estate in litigation has been settled, with all controversies, disputes, misunderstandings, and differences of opinion thereunto appertaining.
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Such men were paid off in full, litigation being the speculator's aversion.
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The tide-lands had been in litigation for years, and he took the bull by the horns--buying out the private owners and at the same time leasing from the city fathers.
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