I UK [liːɡ] / US [lɪɡ] noun [countable]
Word forms "league":
singular league plural leagues
1) a group of teams or players who regularly compete against one another, put in order according to how many points they have won

the Italian first-division football league

be top/bottom of the league:

Chelsea are top of the league again.

league champions/leaders

a) British a list of organizations, places etc put in order according to how good they are in some way

a league of Europe's cleanest beaches

schools which are top of the performance league

b) [only before noun] relating to a football league in Britain

league match/game/cup

2) a group of people or things that are similar in their quality, skills, or achievements
not be in the same league as someone/something:

He's not bad, but he's not in the same league as the others.

be in a different league from someone/something (= be much better):

If you ask me, Soderberg's in a different league from most Hollywood film directors.

be in a league of your own (= be much better than the rest):

She's always been in a league of her own.

be out of someone's league (= too good/difficult/expensive etc for someone):

She'll never go out with someone like you: she's way out of your league.

3) a group of people, organizations, or countries that have joined together because they have the same interests or aims

the League of Nations

They agreed to form a league for independence.

4) an old unit for measuring distance, equal to about five kilometres

II UK [liːɡ] / US [lɪɡ] verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "league":
present tense I/you/we/they league he/she/it leagues present participle leaguing past tense leagued past participle leagued formal
to work together with other people in order to prevent or support something

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