- 1A collection of people, countries, or groups that combine for a particular purpose, typically mutual protection or cooperation: the League of NationsMore example sentences
- When the Constitution was submitted to referendum, short-lived federation leagues were formed in many centres to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote.
- The league has taken the government to court over the fact that children were not being protected from bullying, assault and self-harm.
- Finally, the league inaugurated the idea of collective economic sanctions.
- 1.1An agreement to combine for a particular purpose.More example sentences
- This is about the integrity of a league and an agreement: A deal is a deal.
- 2A group of sports clubs that play each other over a period for a championship.More example sentences
- The cloud is kicked up from so many teams scrambling for the league championship.
- Players in the Premiership are playing in that league for a reason and that goes for players in Divisions One, Two and Three.
- It made sense, of course, since the hockey league he played for was beginning their Christmas break.
- 2.1The contest for the championship of a league: the year we won the leagueMore example sentences
- At this moment it is easier to win the league than the Champions League or even the FA Cup.
- Fair enough, they've had a couple of good results, but winning the Champions league?
- Twice they won the league and twice lost in the play-offs that guaranteed promotion.
- 3A class or category of quality or excellence: the two men were not in the same league Jack’s in a league of his ownMore example sentences
class, group, circle, category, level
- We were totally out of our league, however, in the fine wines category and after the questions on Chinese dynasties we were in last place.
- She's out of her league, according to the class consciousness of the time.
- When it comes to pulling political strokes, they are a class act, in a league of their own.
verb (leagues, leaguing, leagued)[no object] Back to top
- Join in a league or alliance: Oscar had leagued with other construction firmsMore example sentences
- The marquess of Montrose, initially a Covenanter, leagued with the Irish to invade in the north-west and with Alasdair MacColla turned a feud between the Scots-Irish MacDonalds and Argyll's Campbells into a powerful threat.
- And since then it has been leagued with various investigations into the historical Jesus.
- His policies of appeasement leagued him frequently with the prudent Phocion.
- Conspiring with another or others: he is in league with the devilMore example sentences
collaborating with, cooperating with, in alliance with, allied with, conspiring with, hand in glove with• informal in cahoots with, in bed with
- There's no doubt he can still sing, but now we know he isn't actually in league with the Devil, that's not enough anymore.
- Intriguingly for those who recognize him, the part has him in league with his uncles in the White House.
- In more refined versions, the American government is in league with the aliens and is assisting them in their abduction programme.
late Middle English (denoting a compact for mutual protection or advantage): via French from Italian lega, from legare 'to bind', from Latin ligare.
- A former measure of distance by land, usually about three miles.More example sentences
- In 1803 Napoleon exiled her to twenty leagues, roughly fifty miles, from Paris.
- The tunnel measured ten leagues east to west, and it covered that distance in an arrow-straight line.
- She was not permitted to travel more than two leagues (five miles) from Coppet and began to receive word that orders for her arrest were pending.
late Middle English: from late Latin leuga, leuca, late Greek leugē, or from Provençal lega (modern French lieue).