June 21, 2012
- league (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : an association or alliance of nations2 : an association of persons or groups united for common interests or goals
- How do you use it?
- The coach arranged for our soccer team to play in a summer league so that we'll be in good shape when the season starts in September.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think comes from the same root as "league"?"League" and "oblige" are tied up with the Latin root "ligare" meaning "to bind." The "legare" family includes a lot of words that have something to do with being bound or connected in some way. For example, a "ligature" is something that is used to bind things together, such as the special thread used in surgery. If you "ally" yourself with someone, you form a connection or tie to that person. And if you have an "obligation" to do something, you are bound by a law, rule, or promise to do it.