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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Recent Examples on the Web Pricing and gas mileage for the new Durango were not announced. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "A muscle car for the SUV crowd: FCA introduces a Durango powered by a Hellcat," 2 July 2020 Seyfried gets good mileage out of limited material, especially in moments of annoyance. cleveland, "‘You Should Have Left’ is too familiar to frighten (review)," 19 June 2020 At Cruise America, for example, the mileage fee for a 400-mile trip in a standard motor home was $140. Valerie Fraser Luesse, Southern Living, "Must-Know Tips Before You Rent That RV," 14 July 2020 Renters also get unlimited mileage, liability insurance, and a national parks pass that covers entry fees. Paul Brady, Travel + Leisure, "This Company Wants to Revolutionize RV Rentals With All-inclusive Packages Featuring Unlimited Mileage, Wi-Fi, and Park Passes," 13 July 2020 Reporting miles traveled can be done via GPS, smartphone apps, odometer readings, or a pre-selected mileage permit. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington state looks at roadway funding reform amid $4.5B budget shortfall," 6 July 2020 Furthermore, the Taurus's 20 mpg on the EPA city cycle betters the mileage of all of these competitors. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1986 Ford Taurus LX Shapes the Future of the Family Sedan," 2 July 2020 Miles can now be redeemed on RAM flights through the mileage programs of current Oneworld members. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airline Miles Are Cheaper Than Ever—Should You Buy Them?," 4 June 2020 Ford expects the hybrid system to produce the most torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup, although gas mileage, power and other specifications weren’t released. Dallas News, "Ford plays it safe with revamped F-150," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of mileage

1724, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mileage was in 1724

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28 Jul 2020

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“Mileage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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