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Meaning of LEAGUE

Pronunciation:  leeg

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
  2. [n]  an association of states or organizations or individuals for common action
  3. [n]  an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3 miles)
  4. [v]  unite to form a league

LEAGUE is a 6 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: conference
 See Also: association, baseball league, basketball league, big league, bowling league, class, division, football league, hockey league, land mile, linear unit, major league, majors, mi, mile, minor league, minors, stat mi, statute mile, unify, union, unite



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \League\, 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. & Gael. leac a flag, a broad, flat stone, W. llech,
    -- such stones having perh. served as a sort of milestone
    (cf. {Cromlech}).]
    1. A measure of length or distance, varying in different
       countries from about 2.4 to 4.6 English statute miles of
       5.280 feet each, and used (as a land measure) chiefly on
       the continent of Europe, and in the Spanish parts of
       America. The marine league of England and the United
       States is equal to three marine, or geographical, miles of
       6080 feet each.
    Note: The English land league is equal to three English
          statute miles. The Spanish and French leagues vary in
          each country according to usage and the kind of
          measurement to which they are applied. The Dutch and
          German leagues contain about four geographical miles,
          or about 4.6 English statute miles.
    2. A stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of
       a league. [Obs.]
  2. \League\, n. [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare to bind;
    cf. Sp. liga. Cf. {Ally} a confederate, {Ligature}.]
    An alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties,
    or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which
    requires a continued course of action, as for mutual defense,
    or for furtherance of commercial, religious, or political
    interests, etc.
          And let there be 'Twixt us and them no league, nor
          amity.                                   --Denham.
    Note: A league may be offensive or defensive, or both;
          offensive, when the parties agree to unite in attacking
          a common enemy; defensive, when they agree to a mutual
          defense of each other against an enemy.
    {The Holy League}, an alliance of Roman Catholics formed in
       1576 by influence of the Duke of Guise for the exclusion
       of Protestants from the throne of France.
    {Solemn League and Covenant}. See {Covenant},2.
    {The land league}, an association, organized in Dublin in
       1879, to promote the interests of the Irish tenantry, its
       avowed objects being to secure fixity of tenure fair rent,
       and free sale of the tenants' interest. It was declared
       illegal by Parliament, but vigorous prosecutions have
       failed to suppress it.
    Syn: Alliance; confederacy; confederation; coalition;
         combination; compact; co["o]peration.
  3. \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.
  4. \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.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a treaty or confederacy. The Jews were forbidden to enter into an alliance of any kind (1) with the Canaanites (Ex. 23:32, 33; 34:12-16); (2) with the Amalekites (Ex. 17:8, 14; Deut. 25:17-19); (3) with the Moabites and Ammonites (Deut. 2:9, 19). Treaties were permitted to be entered into with all other nations. Thus David maintained friendly intercourse with the kings of Tyre and Hamath, and Solomon with the kings of Tyre and Egypt.

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