league

I.
/lig / (say leeg)

noun
1. a covenant or compact made between persons, parties, states, etc., for the maintenance or promotion of common interests or for mutual assistance or service.
2. the aggregation of persons, parties, states, etc., associated in such a covenant; a confederacy.
3. category or class: they are not in the same league.
4. a society or association, especially one with a national or state-wide structure and local branches.
5. an association of sporting clubs which arranges matches between teams of approximately similar standard.
6. (upper case)Rugby League.
verb (leagued, leaguing)
verb (t)
7. to unite in a league; combine: *Let the sword in this fight / Strike as hard for the right / As it once struck for might / Leagued with wrong. –adam lindsay gordon, 1867.
verb (i)
8. to join in a league.
adjective
9. of or belonging to a league.
10. of or relating to Rugby League.
phrase
11. in league, (sometimes followed by with) united by or having a compact or agreement; allied.
12. out of one's league, attempting to compete against others who have much superior skill.
{Middle English ligg, from Old French ligue, from Italian liga, lega, from legare, from Latin ligāre bind}
II.
/lig / (say leeg)

noun
a former unit of distance, varying at different periods and in different countries, usually estimated roughly at 3 miles or 5 kilometres.
{Middle English le(u)ge, from Late Latin leuga, leuca, said to be of Gallic origin}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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