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Definition: 1. to take part in a lawsuit; 2. to file a lawsuit against someone

Synonyms: contest, proceed, sue, file suit, dispute

Antonyms: settle

Tips: Litigate comes from the Latin word litigare, "to pursue a lawsuit." The word litigation refers to the lawsuit itself. A litigant is someone involved in a lawsuit. This is different from a litigator, who is the lawyer involved in a case. Use all of these words as a more sophisticated way of referring to legal action and the people involved in legal cases.

Usage Examples:

Their attorney advised them to settle their case rather than litigate. (dispute, contest)

My boss is a litigant in two separate cases right now: one in which our company is accused of copyright infringement and one over an alleged trade secret violation by a former employee. (participant in a lawsuit) noun

Although we believe that we were within our rights, it would be best to avoid litigation, since going to court would be costly and time consuming. (a lawsuit) noun

We've decided to litigate the matter on principle, and we're not interested in a settlement. (contest, file suit)

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