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Definition of "litigate" []

  • To contest in legal proceedings. (verb-transitive)
  • To engage in legal proceedings. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "litigate" in a sentence
  • "If the Republicans swagger in and try to "litigate" this on the public airwaves, President Obama will dismiss them out of hand."
  • "When underlings asked him to defend the company more forcefully against charges that it was largely to blame for the housing crisis, he told employees that he didn't want to "litigate" the past, two people familiar with the matter said."
  • "Neither the Group nor Fiesta-Panama will "litigate" its legal proceedings in the press."