Adjective "league" definition and examples

(League may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/liːɡ/

Definitions and examples

noun

A collection of people, countries, or groups that combine for mutual protection or cooperation.
  1. 'Chambers of commerce and boards of trade are organizations of the same general type as business leagues.'
  2. 'This led to a split, and the expulsion of the socialist students league, despite the temerity of this organisation.'
  3. 'He was so pleased with his efforts that he described the league as ‘all our work’.'
  4. 'The league has also been giving hands-on business advice and brokering to many organisations assisting with small business.'
  5. 'In the Po Valley, with its large capitalist farms, socialist leagues finally managed in early 1920 to win a monopoly control of the hiring of labour.'
  6. 'What behaviours are open to or legitimate for nations / leagues of nations that wish to change the potentially dangerous conduct of their neighbors?'
  7. 'Finally, the league inaugurated the idea of collective economic sanctions.'
  8. 'When the Constitution was submitted to referendum, short-lived federation leagues were formed in many centres to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote.'
  9. 'The borough currently tops the country's league for the collection of paper, cans and plastic bottles.'
  10. 'He was a founder member of the Warburton Youth League and was the league's president up until his death.'
  11. 'This is about the integrity of a league and an agreement: A deal is a deal.'
A group of sports clubs which play each other over a period for a championship.
  1. as modifier 'the league championship'
  2. 'How do I win my fantasy football league?'
  3. 'He has to be on the short list of league MVP candidates so far.'
  4. 'The minors will be starting their summer County league on Friday, July 9.'
  5. 'In this novel a 56-year-old bachelor plays out a baseball league he has invented using a variety of numerical charts and the roll of three dice.'
  6. 'The Grizzlies started a big youth league in British Columbia when they were there.'
  7. 'Jacob is among the league's top scorers with 9 goals from 12 matches.'
  8. 'BBC Scotland today announced details of upcoming live Premier league fixtures.'
  9. 'They also both manage teams in the same online fantasy basketball league.'
  10. 'We want both; we don't want a more competitive league at a lower quality level.'
  11. 'Do kids even go outside in the summer anymore except to play in soccer leagues their parents make them join?'
  12. 'Chelsea has won the English league for the first time in 50 years, and many in England have been grumbling about the achievement.'
  13. 'When you lose six matches at home you don't deserve to win the league.'
  14. 'We have got the home games in the bag to come but in our eyes we want to win the next four games and win the league.'
  15. 'We had won the league with five games to go and people were talking about a crisis.'
  16. 'At West Ham we came within a couple of games of winning the league in 1986.'
  17. 'Fair enough, they've had a couple of good results, but winning the Champions league?'
  18. 'Here's to raising the bar for every football team that contests the league in this country any time in the future.'
  19. 'The kids won their leagues as 7th and 8th graders, thanks to their talent and camaraderie.'
  20. 'People these days won't appreciate it but for many years after that United were the underdogs, until we finally won the league in 1993.'
  21. 'For a while, all I thought about as a Manchester United supporter was when we'd end the drought and win the league.'
  22. 'Fourteen men a side is not rugby union, nor league, and certainly not cricket, and the sooner they learn that the better for the dignity of the game and future tourists.'
  23. 'There are several sports which involve spinal risk, including horse riding and football, especially rugby union and league.'
A class or category of quality or excellence.
  1. 'Austin's in a league of his own'
  2. 'So, have you ever had a crush on someone a little out of your league?'
  3. 'However, it is not in the same league as countries such as Canada.'
  4. 'Cynicism aside, she's way out of his league.'
  5. 'He's utterly out of my league, so that makes it easier to say that.'
  6. 'I loved the latter dearly, but everybody just knew - the two teams were not in the same league.'
  7. 'In a league of her own, the savvy businesswoman is a self-made franchise.'
  8. 'She's out of her league, according to the class consciousness of the time.'
  9. 'So, if funding both in the UK and abroad seems out of your league, a quick blast with this book could change your outlook and prospects for the future.'
  10. 'The story isn't quite in that league but the execution is impeccable.'
  11. 'As rousing, stirring words go, community is not in the same league as ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’.'

verb

Join in a league or alliance.
  1. '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.'
  2. 'And since then it has been leagued with various investigations into the historical Jesus.'

noun

A former measure of distance by land, usually about three miles.
  1. 'We eased our way through the crowd and into the park which after only a few paces seemed many leagues distant from the City surrounding it.'
  2. 'The tunnel measured ten leagues east to west, and it covered that distance in an arrow-straight line.'
  3. 'By any basic living-standard or quality-of-life measurement, it is leagues ahead of most developing nations.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Between the outer wall and the city are four leagues of land filled with farms, orchards and houses.'
  6. 'A league was three standard miles, so fifty leagues was one hundred fifty miles.'
  7. 'The result is an economy leagues ahead in the production and utilization of information technology.'

More definitions

1. a covenant or compact made between persons, parties, states, etc., for the promotion or maintenance of common interests or for mutual assistance or service.

2. the aggregation of persons, parties, states, etc., associated in such a covenant or compact; confederacy.

3. an association of individuals having a common goal.

4. a group of athletic teams organized to promote mutual interests and to compete chiefly among themselves: a bowling league.

5. Sports. major league. minor leagu

More examples(as adjective)

"clubs can be league."

"whiles can be league."

"sides can be league."

"footballs can be league."

"teams can be league."

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Origin

(league)Late Middle English: from late Latin leuga, leuca, late Greek leugē, or from Provençal lega ( modern French lieue).

Phrase

in league