league

league
league
W2 [li:g] n
[Sense: 1-5; Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: ligue 'agreement to act together', from Old Italian liga, from ligare 'to tie']
[Sense: 6; Date: 1300-1400; : Late Latin; Origin: leuga]
1.) a group of sports teams or players who play games against each other to see who is best
He makes his football league debut tomorrow.
the Rugby League Championship
be (at the) top/bottom of the league
(=be the best or the worst team in a group)
2.) a group of people or countries who have joined together because they have similar aims, political beliefs etc
the National Socialist League
3.) not be in the same league (as sb/sth) also be in a different league (from sb/sth)
to be not nearly as good or important as someone or something else
They're not in the same league as the French at making wine.
4.) be out of your league
to not be skilled or experienced enough to do or deal with something
5.) be in league (with sb)
to be working with someone secretly, especially for a bad purpose
Vernon was accused by his enemies of being in league with the devil.
6.) an ancient unit for measuring distance, equal to 3 miles or about 4828 metres on land, and three ↑nautical miles or 5556 metres at sea

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • League — (l[=e]g), n. [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare to bind; cf. Sp. liga. Cf. {Ally} a confederate, {Ligature}.] 1. An alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties, organizations, or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • league — Ⅰ. league [1] ► NOUN 1) a collection of people, countries, or groups that combine for mutual protection or cooperation. 2) a group of sports clubs which play each other over a period for a championship. 3) a class of quality or excellence: the… …   English terms dictionary

  • League — (l[=e]g), n. [Cf. OE. legue, lieue, a measure of length, F. lieue, Pr. lega, legua, It. & LL. lega, Sp. legua, Pg. legoa, legua; all fr. LL. leuca, of Celtic origin: cf. Arm. leo, lev (perh. from French), Ir. leige (perh. from English); also Ir.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • League — League, v. t. To join in a league; to cause to combine for a joint purpose; to combine; to unite; as, common interests will league heterogeneous elements. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • League — League, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leagued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaguing}.] [Cf. F. se liguer. See 2d {League}.] To unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual support; to confederate. South. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • league — [n1] association, federation alliance, band, bunch, circle, circuit, club, coalition, combination, combine, compact, company, confederacy, confederation, conference, consortium, crew, gang, group, guild, loop, mob, order, organization, outfit,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

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  • League — (spr. līgh), engl. und nordamerikan. Wegemaß zu 3 Miles; dann auch soviel wie Liga, Bund …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon


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