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league1 / lēg/ • n. 1. a collection of people, countries, or groups that combine for a particular purpose, typically mutual protection or cooperation: the League of Nations. ∎  an agreement to combine in this way.2. a group of sports clubs that play each other over a period for a championship. ∎  the contest for the championship of such a league: the year we won the league.3. a class or category of quality or excellence: the two men were not in the same league Jack’s in a league of his own.• v. (leagues, leagued, lea·guing) [intr.] join in a league or alliance: Oscar had leagued with other construction firms.PHRASES: in league conspiring with another or others: he is in league with the devil. league2 • n. a former measure of distance by land, usually about three miles.

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league2 covenant for mutual assistance. XV. Early forms (ligg, ligue, leag(u)e, lege) show deriv. (i) partly from F. ligue—It liga, latinized form of lega, f. legare bind :- L. ligāre; (ii) partly immed. from It. lega.
Hence vb. XVII. leaguer1 member of a league, XVI; see -ER1.

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league1 distance of three miles. XIV. The earliest forms show two types, leuge and leghe, the first — late L. leuca, leuga, late Gr. leúgē (of Gaul. orig.), the second— Pr. lega, whence (O)F. lieue; the second type has survived.

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a group of persons, states, or other organizations with a common interest.