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LIT'IGATE, verb transitive [Latin litigo, from lis, litis, a contest or debate.]

To contest in law; to prosecute or defend by pleadings, exhibition of evidence, and judicial debate; as, to litigate a cause or a question.

LIT'IGATE, verb intransitive To dispute in law; to carry on a suit by judicial process.