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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Participants can complete the challenge as individuals, families or teams, with combined mileage counting for groups. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2022 While your feet are recovering from yesterday’s mileage, take a leisurely (and extremely picturesque) drive up Tioga Road. Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 Wyoming asked for exceptions from the mileage requirement for 11 stretches of highway. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2022 Like other airlines, Delta benefits from fliers redeeming their mileage points, with banks and credit card companies issuing payments to the carriers that dole out the rewards. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 Some groups have even advocated labeling to indicate a product's mileage to its destination. Susan Puckett, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 Airstream is now testing its eStream electric drivetrain that will assist in propelling trailers and improving both EV and gas-powered mileage, and Winnebago is preparing its E-RV camper van for market in 2023. Steve Larese, Outside Online, 12 Sep. 2022 The odometer shows 127,000 miles, but actual mileage is stated as unknown. Brendan Mcaleer, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2022 The match was also testament to the power of youthful energy and low mileage knees. Jason Gay, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mileage

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mileage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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