\ ˈmī(-ə)l How to pronounce mile (audio) \

Definition of mile

1 : any of various units of distance: such as
a : a unit equal to 5280 feet — see Weights and Measures Table
2 : a race of a mile
3 : a relatively great distance, degree, or interval used chiefly adverbially in plural was miles ahead of them in education
a mile a minute
: with great speed talking a mile a minute

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mile


afar, country mile, far cry, long haul


hair, inch, step, stone's throw

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Examples of mile in a Sentence

We passed mile after mile of beautiful scenery as we drove through the country. We traveled over miles of dirt road. The car was traveling at 70 miles per hour. We were miles from home. We still have miles to go. The beach stretched on for miles and miles.
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In addition, according to a summary of the complaint, chemicals and water used to fight the fire were allowed to seep into the storm sewers contaminating a wetland and Osprey Lake about a mile away. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "State and Lake County file suit to ensure cleanup following Waukegan factory explosion," 3 June 2019 The sisters wore brightly colored feather gowns to the event, and Kylie went the extra mile, matching a lavender wig to the color of her dress. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Surprisingly Dressed on Theme for the 2019 Met Gala, and Everyone Is Shocked," 7 May 2019 As Hurricane Florence barrels toward the southeastern region of the United States, various Airbnbs and hotels are going the extra mile to house and accommodate evacuees and relief workers. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence: Airbnb, hotels working to provide free lodging for evacuees, relief workers," 13 Sep. 2018 Bagley, who became the Kings' first second-overall draft pick in the Sacramento era on Thursday, stood on stage to introduce himself to the hundreds of concert goers and fans in the Cesar Chavez Plaza less than a mile away from Golden 1 Center. Angel Guerrero, sacbee, "Kings draft pick Marvin Bagley takes center stage during Concerts in the Park," 22 June 2018 Then again, sometimes it’s fun to go the extra mile and pull together a complete look. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Why Not Wear a Billowy White Blouse to the Beach?," 19 June 2018 The coastline is not visible from the fishing rafts and the numerous rompong are miles apart from one another, said Adilang's mother, Met Kahiking. Ali Kotarumalos, Fox News, "Indonesian teenager rescued after drifting 7 weeks at sea," 24 Sep. 2018 At that time, Florence was around 610 miles (985 km) miles northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Florence Makes Landfall, Hundreds Already Need Evacuation," 14 Sep. 2018 Her naturally fierce brows were lightly filled where needed with powder and set with a clear gel, while a hint of black tightline and Smokey Eye Mascara enhanced Shahidi's mile-long fluttery lashes. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Yara Shahidi Wore Crystal Eye Makeup in the Shape of Her Astrological Sign to the Met Gala," 7 May 2019

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First Known Use of mile

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mile

Middle English, from Old English mīl, from Latin milia miles, from milia passuum, literally, thousands of paces, from milia, plural of mille thousand

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The first known use of mile was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of mile

: a unit of measurement equal to 5,280 feet (about 1,609 meters)
: a great distance
: a race that is a mile long


\ ˈmīl How to pronounce mile (audio) \

Kids Definition of mile

1 : a measure of distance ( statute mile ) equal to 5280 feet (1609 meters)
2 : a measure of distance ( geographical mile or nautical mile ) used in air and sea travel equal to about 6076 feet (1852 meters)

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