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league

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noun \ˈlēg\

Definition of league

  1. 1 :  any of various units of distance from about 2.4 to 4.6 statute miles (3.9 to 7.4 kilometers)

  2. 2 :  a square league

Origin and Etymology of league

Middle English leuge, lege, from Late Latin leuga


First Known Use: 14th century


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league

noun

Definition of league

  1. 1a :  an association of nations or other political entities for a common purpose <the League of Nations> <the League of Voters>b (1) :  an association of persons or groups united by common interests or goals <He organized a bowling league.> (2) :  a group of sports teams that regularly play one another <the National Football League>c :  an informal alliance <in league with her sister>

  2. 2 :  class, category <When I played chess with George, I knew I was out of my league.>

Origin and Etymology of league

Middle English (Scots) ligg, from Medieval French ligue, from Old Italian liga, from ligare to bind, from Latin — more at ligature


First Known Use: 15th century


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league

verb

Definition of league

leagued

;

leaguing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to unite in a league

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to form a league

Examples of league in a sentence

  1. <the whole block leagued together to keep a liquor store from opening in their neighborhood>

  2. <some unlikely political bedfellows leagued together to get the bill passed>

Origin and Etymology of league

see 2league


First Known Use: 1604



LEAGUE Defined for Kids

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league

play
noun \ˈlēg\

Definition of league for Students

  1. 1 :  a group of nations working together for a common purpose

  2. 2 :  an association of persons or groups with common interests or goals <a softball league>

  3. 3 :  an unofficial association or agreement <He was in league with the thieves.>

  4. 4 :  a class or category of a certain quality or type <When it comes to playing chess, I am not in the same league as the experienced players.>


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league

play
noun

Definition of league for Students

  1. :  any of several old units of distance from about 2.4 to 4.6 miles (3.9 to 7.4 kilometers)



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