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 for League
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  League \League\ (l[=e]g), n. [Cf. OE. legue, lieue, a measure of
     length, F. lieue, Pr. lega, legua, It. & LL. lega, Sp. legua,
     Pg. legoa, legua; all fr. LL. leuca, of Celtic origin: cf.
     Arm. leo, lev (perh. from French), Ir. leige (perh. from
     English); also Ir. & Gael. leac a flag, a broad, flat stone,
     W. llech, -- such stones having perh. served as a sort of
     milestone (cf. Cromlech).]
     1. A measure of length or distance, varying in different
        countries from about 2.4 to 4.6 English statute miles of
        5,280 feet each, and used (as a land measure) chiefly on
        the continent of Europe, and in the Spanish parts of
        America. The marine league of England and the United
        States is equal to three marine, or geographical, miles of
        6080 feet each.
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     Note: The English land league is equal to three English
           statute miles. The Spanish and French leagues vary in
           each country according to usage and the kind of
           measurement to which they are applied. The Dutch and
           German leagues contain about four geographical miles,
           or about 4.6 English statute miles.
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     2. A stone erected near a public road to mark the distance of
        a league. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  League \League\ (l[=e]g), n. [F. ligue, LL. liga, fr. L. ligare
     to bind; cf. Sp. liga. Cf. Ally a confederate, Ligature.]
     1. An alliance or combination of two or more nations,
        parties, organizations, or persons, for the accomplishment
        of a purpose which requires a continued course of action,
        as for mutual defense, or for furtherance of commercial,
        religious, or political interests, etc.
        [1913 Webster]
              And let there be
              'Twixt us and them no league, nor amity. --Denham.
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     2. Specifically: (Sports) An association of sports teams that
        establishes rules of play, decides questions of membership
        in the league, and organizes matches between the member
        teams. In some cases a sports league is called a
        conference, as in the National Football Conference.
     Note: A league may be offensive or defensive, or both;
           offensive, when the parties agree to unite in attacking
           a common enemy; defensive, when they agree to a mutual
           defense of each other against an enemy.
           [1913 Webster]
     The Holy League, an alliance of Roman Catholics formed in
        1576 by influence of the Duke of Guise for the exclusion
        of Protestants from the throne of France.
     Solemn League and Covenant. See Covenant,2.
     The land league, an association, organized in Dublin in
        1879, to promote the interests of the Irish tenantry, its
        avowed objects being to secure fixity of tenure, fair
        rent, and free sale of the tenants' interest. It was
        declared illegal by Parliament, but vigorous prosecutions
        have failed to suppress it.
     Syn: Alliance; confederacy; confederation; coalition;
          combination; compact; cooperation.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  League \League\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leagued; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Leaguing.] [Cf. F. se liguer. See 2d League.]
     To unite in a league or confederacy; to combine for mutual
     support; to confederate. --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  League \League\, v. t.
     To join in a league; to cause to combine for a joint purpose;
     to combine; to unite; as, common interests will league
     heterogeneous elements.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an association of sports teams that organizes matches for
           its members [syn: league, conference]
      2: an association of states or organizations or individuals for
         common action
      3: an obsolete unit of distance of variable length (usually 3
      v 1: unite to form a league

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  295 Moby Thesaurus words for "league":
     Anschluss, Bund, NATO, Rochdale cooperative, SEATO, accouple,
     accumulate, act in concert, act together, addition, affiliate,
     affiliate with, affiliation, agglomeration, agglutinate,
     aggregation, agreement, alignment, alliance, ally, amalgamate,
     amalgamation, amass, anschluss, articulate, assemblage, assemble,
     assimilation, associate, association, axis, band, band together,
     be in cahoots, be in league, blend, blending, bloc, body, bond,
     bracket, bridge, bridge over, brotherhood, bunch, bunch up, cabal,
     cahoots, capitulation, cartel, category, cement, cement a union,
     centralization, centralize, chain, circuit, clap together, clot,
     club, club together, cluster, coact, coadunation, coalesce,
     coalescence, coalition, collaborate, colleagueship, collect,
     college, collegialism, collegiality, collude, combination, combine,
     combo, come into, come together, common market, composition,
     comprise, comradeship, concatenate, concert, concord, concordat,
     concur, confederacy, confederate, confederation, conference,
     confraternity, congeries, conglobulate, conglomeration, congregate,
     conjoin, conjugate, conjugation, conjunction, connect, consociate,
     consolidate, consolidation, conspiracy, conspire,
     consumer cooperative, convention, converge, cooperate, cooperative,
     cooperative society, copartnership, copartnery, copulate, corps,
     council, couple, cover, credit union, creep in, crowd,
     customs union, date, division, do business with,
     economic community, ecumenism, embodiment, embrace, encompass,
     encompassment, enlist, enosis, enroll, entente, entente cordiale,
     enter, federalization, federalize, federate, federation,
     fellowship, flock together, flow together, forgather, fraternalism,
     fraternity, fraternization, free trade area, freemasonry, fuse,
     fusion, gang, gang around, gang up, gather, gather around,
     get heads together, get into, get together, glue, go in partners,
     go in partnership, go into, go partners, grade, group, grouping,
     guild, hang together, harmonize, herd together, hive,
     hold together, hook up, hook up with, hookup, horde, huddle,
     include, inclusion, incorporation, integration,
     international agreement, join, join forces, join fortunes with,
     join in, join together, join up, join up with, join with, junction,
     junta, keep together, knot, lay together, league together,
     league with, link, loop, lump together, machine, make common cause,
     marriage, marry, marshal, mass, meet, meld, melding, merge, merger,
     mill, mob, mobilize, muster, mutual-defense treaty,
     nonaggression pact, order, organize, package, package deal,
     paction, pair, pair off, partner, partnership, piece together,
     pigeonhole, play ball, political machine, pull together,
     put heads together, put together, rally, rally around, reciprocate,
     rendezvous, ring, seethe, sign on, sign up, sneak in, society,
     sodality, solder, solidification, sorority, span, splice,
     stand together, stand up with, stick together, stream, surge,
     swarm, syncretism, syndication, syneresis, synthesis, take in,
     take out membership, take up membership, tape, team up,
     team up with, team with, throng, throw in together, throw in with,
     tie, tie in, tie in with, tie up, tie up with, tie-in, tie-up,
     tier, treaty, unification, unify, union, unionize, unite,
     unite efforts, unite with, wed, wedding, weld, wheel,
     work together, yoke

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     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

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LEAGUE, measure. A league is a measure of length, which consists of three 
  geographical miles. The jurisdiction of the United States extends into the 
  sea a marine league. See Acts of Congress of June 5, 1794; 1 Story's L. U. 
  S. 352; and April 20, 1818, 3 Story's L. U. S. 1694; 1 Wait's State Papers, 
  195. Vide Cannon Shot. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  LEAGUE, crim. law, contracts. In criminal law, a league is a conspiracy to 
  do an unlawful act. The term is but little used. 
       2. In contracts it is applied to agreements between states. Leagues 
  between states are of several kinds. 1st. Leagues offensive and defensive, 
  by which two or more nations agree not only to defend each other, but to 
  carry on war against their common enemies. 2d. Defensive, but not offensive, 
  obliging each to defend the other against any foreign invasion. 3d. Leagues 
  of simple amity, by which one contracts not to invade, injure, or offend the 
  other; this usually includes the liberty of mutual commerce and trade, and 
  the safe guard of merchants and traders in each others dominion. Bac. Ab. 
  Prerogative, D 4. Vide Confederacy; Conspiracy; Peace; Truce; War. 

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