June 22, 2017
league (noun)
\LEEG\ Hear it!
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?
Isabel joined a summer soccer league to work on her skills in the hope that she'll make the freshman team in the fall.
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.
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