mile·​age | \ ˈmī-lij How to pronounce mileage (audio) \

Definition of mileage

1 : an allowance for traveling expenses at a certain rate per mile
2 : aggregate length or distance in miles: such as
a : the total miles traveled especially in a given period of time
b : the amount of service that something will yield especially as expressed in terms of miles of travel
c : the average number of miles a motor vehicle will travel on a gallon of gasoline that is used as a measure of fuel economy gets good mileage
3a : usefulness got a lot of mileage left in it
b : benefit derived from something got good political mileage from the debates

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Examples of mileage in a Sentence

a car with high mileage My new car gets much better mileage than my old one did. The company has gotten a lot of mileage out of a simple idea. The movie gets a lot of mileage out of an old story.
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Those are impressive numbers, but expect your mileage to vary. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Envy Wood Series puts real walnut or birch in five stylish laptops," 28 May 2019 Each program has its own eligibility rules for vehicle age, mileage, and condition. Car and Driver, "A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Could Be a Great Deal," 22 Jan. 2019 The settlement, according to class attorney Tom Zimmerman, will cover a number of the festivalgoers’ expenses, including travel, lodging, car rental, mileage and gas, tolls and parking. Corilyn Shropshire,, "Organizers of last summer's Pokemon Go Fest where thousands were unable to play agree to settle for nearly $1.6 million," 2 Apr. 2018 The deal, which had the support nearly every major carmaker, ensured consistent mileage and greenhouse-gas rules nationwide. Ryan Beene,, "EPA Sides With Carmaker Calls to Ease Efficiency Rules, Sources Say," 23 Mar. 2018 Acevedo said customer demand for hybrid pickups is not large, so if Toyota were to introduce a model, the company would likely emphasize improved performance from a partially electric engine, not gas mileage. Randy Diamond,, "Toyota Tacoma sales up for 19th straight month," 4 June 2019 The Bronco in question, a green-and-tan 1996 Eddie Bauer, had the usual rust over the rear fender lips, but looked otherwise clean, with nice paint and low (for the year) mileage. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Recurring Heartbreak of Buying Cars on Craigslist," 30 May 2019 Investors shouldn’t expect much mileage out of Tesla’s latest capital increase. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Brother, Tesla Can’t Spare a Dime," 13 May 2019 Auto industry executives don’t expect sedans to roar back even if gas prices rise, largely because the newest breeds of sport utilities don’t require buyers to sacrifice as much on gas mileage. Mike Colias, WSJ, "America Has Fallen Out of Love With the Sedan," 25 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of mileage

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mileage

: distance in miles
: distance traveled in miles by a vehicle
: the average number of miles a vehicle will travel on a gallon of gasoline


mile·​age | \ ˈmī-lij How to pronounce mileage (audio) \

Kids Definition of mileage

1 : distance in miles What's the mileage from here to Chicago?
2 : distance covered or traveled in miles This car has a lot of mileage.
3 : the average number of miles a car or truck will travel on a gallon of fuel
4 : an amount of money given for traveling expenses at a certain rate per mile

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