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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To contest in legal proceedings.
  • intransitive v. To engage in legal proceedings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To go to law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To carry on a suit by judicial process.
  • transitive v. To make the subject of a lawsuit; to contest in law; to prosecute or defend by pleadings, exhibition of evidence, and judicial debate in a court.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To carry on a suit by judicial process.
  • To make the subject of a suit at law; bring before a court of law for decision; prosecute or defend at law, as a right or claim.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. engage in legal proceedings
  • v. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

Etymologies

Latin lītigāre, lītigāt- : līs, līt-, lawsuit + agere, to drive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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