verb (used with or without object), leagued, lea·guing.
Origin of league1
Synonyms for league
Origin of league2
Related Words for leaguesconference, group, society, club, company, union, organization, class, alliance, partnership, gang, ring, unit, bunch, compact, crew, sodality, combine, circle, confederacy
Examples from the Web for leagues
Contemporary Examples of leagues
The thefts left three of the leagues in such sorry financial shape that it seemed the kids might not be able to play this spring.There is No Stealing in Baseball!
April 13, 2014
The pressures upon players are enormous, but the leagues themselves are to a certain degree complicit.Maybe We Should Just Legalize Steroids for Pro Athletes
March 3, 2014
The legislation eliminated competition between the two leagues for talent, and established a 24-team entity, and the Super Bowl.The Presidents Who Made America’s Sports
February 17, 2014
But the resort areas have not been free of the Leagues for the Protection of the Revolution.Tunisia’s Dark Turn
March 17, 2013
The way Brazil dispatches soccer players to leagues around the world, the U.S. loans out monetary experts to other countries.Hey America, Where Are You? U.S. Has Slim Presence at Davos
January 23, 2013
Historical Examples of leagues
He could smell Indians in hiding and wood smoke three leagues away.The Trail Book
The tone was formal, and put Payne ten thousand leagues away from her.Quaint Courtships
Immediately they were a thousand leagues from the Africa they knew.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
It was but two leagues now to the beloved city in which he had been young.Casanova's Homecoming
He retired to a place named Boya, a dozen leagues from the capital.
verb leagues, leaguing or leagued
Word Origin for league
Word Origin for league
"to form a league," 1610s, from league (n.1). Related: Leagued; leaguing.
"alliance," mid-15c., ligg, from Middle French ligue "confederacy, league" (15c.), from Italian lega, from legare "to tie, to bind," from Latin ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Originally among nations, subsequently extended to political associations (1846) and sports associations (1879). League of Nations first attested 1917 (created 1919).
distance of about three miles, late 14c., ultimately from Late Latin leuga (cf. French lieue, Spanish legua, Italian lega), said by Roman writers to be from Gaulish. A vague measure (perhaps originally an hour's hike) never in official use in England, where it is recorded more often in poetic than in practical writing.
see big league; in league with; in the same league.