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1 [leeg]
a covenant or compact made between persons, parties, states, etc., for the promotion or maintenance of common interests or for mutual assistance or service.
the aggregation of persons, parties, states, etc., associated in such a covenant or compact; confederacy.
an association of individuals having a common goal.
a group of athletic teams organized to promote mutual interests and to compete chiefly among themselves: a bowling league.
group; class; category: As a pianist he just simply isn't in your league.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), leagued, leaguing.
to unite in a league; combine.
in league, working together, often secretly or for a harmful purpose; united.

1425–75; earlier leage < Italian lega, noun derivative of legare < Latin ligāre to bind; replacing late Middle English ligg < Middle French ligue < Italian liga, variant of lega

1. See alliance. 2. combination, coalition. Unabridged
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league1 (liːɡ)
1.  an association or union of persons, nations, etc, formed to promote the interests of its members
2.  an association of sporting clubs that organizes matches between member teams of a similar standard
3.  a class, category, or level: he is not in the same league
4.  in league working or planning together (with)
5.  (modifier) of, involving, or belonging to a league: a league game; a league table
vb , leagues, leaguing, leagued
6.  to form or be formed into a league
[C15: from Old French ligue, from Italian liga, ultimately from Latin ligāre to bind]

league2 (liːɡ)
an obsolete unit of distance of varying length. It is commonly equal to 3 miles
[C14 leuge, from Late Latin leuga, leuca, of Celtic origin]

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Word Origin & History

"alliance," 1452, ligg, from M.Fr. ligue "confederacy, league," from It. lega, from legare "to tie, to bind," from L. ligare "to bind" (see ligament). Originally among nations, subsequently extended to political associations (1846) and sports associations (1879). League
of Nations first attested 1917 (created 1919).

"distance of about three miles," late 14c., from L.L. leuga (cf. Fr. lieue, Sp. legua, It. lega), said by Roman writers to be from Gaulish. A vague measure (perhaps originally an hour's hike) never in official use in England, where the record of it is more often poetic than practical.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

League definition

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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