To prosecute or defend (a lawsuit or legal action); pursue (a legal case).
To bring a lawsuit or defend against a lawsuit in court.
To carry on a lawsuit.
To contest in a lawsuit.
Origin of litigate
- Latin lītigāre lītigāt- līs līt- lawsuit agere to drive ag- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin lÄ«tigāre, present active infinitive of lÄ«tigō; which, in its turn, stems from lÄ«tem (“a quarrel") + agō (“do, practice").