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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 Votersb (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 Leaguec :  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 Middle 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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