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litigate (v.)

1610s (intransitive), from Latin litigatus, past participle of litigare "to dispute, carry on a suit," from phrase litem agere "to drive a suit," from litem (nominative lis) "lawsuit, dispute, quarrel, strife" (which is of uncertain origin) + agere "to set in motion, drive forward" (from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move"). Transitive sense is from 1741. Related: Litigated; litigating.

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Definitions of litigate from WordNet

litigate (v.)
engage in legal proceedings;
litigate (v.)
institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against;
Synonyms: action / sue / process
From wordnet.princeton.edu