Definition of litigate in English:


Line breaks: liti|gate
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪtɪgeɪt


[no object]
  • 1Resort to legal action to settle a matter; be involved in a lawsuit: the plaintiff is prepared to litigate
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    • It is not an abuse of process merely to require a litigant to litigate in a tribunal of a Convention country if that tribunal in fact has jurisdiction under the convention.
    • One does not take away that choice by permitting, encouraging or preventing the exhortation of the citizen to litigate or not to litigate.
    • At the same time, the church has every incentive to litigate, because the litigation is cost-free.
  • 1.1 [with object] Take (a claim or a dispute) to a law court: even a claim which is litigated and defended successfully involves high legal costs
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    • The bankruptcy does not affect his ability to litigate such claims.
    • The question of whether employees can sign away their rights to litigate wage claims collectively is not going away.
    • Their decision not to litigate the claim was deliberate.



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  • They are for the external direction of litigants and litigators.
  • In these battles where the government is on their side, public interest litigators for right-leaning organizations are hardly standing alone with a slingshot.
  • He is 45 and makes his living as a corporate litigator handling contracts and corporate shareholder disputes.


early 17th century: from Latin litigat- 'disputed in a lawsuit', from the verb litigare, from lis, lit- 'lawsuit'.

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