league

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[ leeg ]
/ lig /
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noun

verb (used with or without object), leagued, lea·guing.

to unite in a league; combine.

Idioms

    in league, working together, often secretly or for a harmful purpose; united.

Origin of league

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1425–75; earlier leage < Italian lega, noun derivative of legare < Latin ligāre to bind; replacing late Middle English ligg < Middle French ligue < Italian liga, variant of lega

Synonym study

1. See alliance.

Definition for league (2 of 2)

league

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[ leeg ]
/ lig /

noun

a unit of distance, varying at different periods and in different countries, in English-speaking countries usually estimated roughly at 3 miles (4.8 kilometers).
a square league, as a unit of land measure.

Origin of league

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1350–1400; Middle English lege, leuge < Late Latin leuga a Gaulish unit of distance equal to 1.5 Roman miles, apparently < Gaulish; replacing Old English lēowe < Late Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for league (1 of 2)

league

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/ (liːɡ) /

noun

an association or union of persons, nations, etc, formed to promote the interests of its members
an association of sporting clubs that organizes matches between member teams of a similar standard
a class, category, or levelhe is not in the same league
in league working or planning together (with)
(modifier) of, involving, or belonging to a leaguea league game; a league table

verb leagues, leaguing or leagued

to form or be formed into a league

Word Origin for league

C15: from Old French ligue, from Italian liga, ultimately from Latin ligāre to bind

British Dictionary definitions for league (2 of 2)

league

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/ (liːɡ) /

noun

an obsolete unit of distance of varying length. It is commonly equal to 3 miles

Word Origin for league

C14 leuge, from Late Latin leuga, leuca, of Celtic origin
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Idioms and Phrases with league

league

see big league; in league with; in the same league.


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