|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]|
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.
any of several European units of measurement ranging from 2.4 to 4.6 statute miles (3.9 to 7.4 km). In English-speaking countries the land league is generally accepted as 3 statute miles (4.83 km), although varying lengths from 7,500 feet to 15,000 feet (2.29 to 4.57 km) were sometimes employed. An ancient unit derived from the Gauls and introduced into England by the Normans, the league was estimated by the Romans to be equal to 1,500 paces-a pace, or passus, in Roman measure being nearly 5 feet (1.5 metres).
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