league

league
league1 [lēg]
n.
[ME ligg < OFr ligue < It liga < legare, to bind < L ligare: see LIGATURE]
1. a compact or covenant made by nations, groups, or individuals for promoting common interests, assuring mutual protection, etc.
2. an association or alliance of individuals, groups, or nations formed by such a covenant
3. Sports a group of teams organized to compete against one another
4. Informal a division according to grade or quality; class
vt., vi.
leagued, leaguing
to form into a league
SYN.- ALLIANCE
——————
in league
associated for a common purpose; allied
league2 [lēg]
n.
[ME lege < OFr legue < LL leuga, leuca, Gallic mile < Celt * leuca > OE leowe, mile]
1. a unit of linear measure varying in different times and countries: in English-speaking countries it is usually about 3 statute miles or 3 nautical miles
2. an old land measure in parts of the U.S. that were formerly Mexican, equal to about 4,400 acres

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