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 The journalism department had no money to pay him and couldn't even pay his mileage. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 27 June 2021 Some internet users have already started getting these prompts in search, but your mileage will vary. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 June 2021 Built with great traction and style, these shoes are workhorses and will feel great on your pop’s feet even after long days with high mileage. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The informal rally to Indianapolis would culminate in prize giving for the team getting the best average speed combined with the highest fuel mileage. Brock Yates, Car and Driver, 18 May 2021 This was the second three-peat performance for DiBella who prepared for the race with low-impact swimming exercises combined with low mileage on the road. Emmett Hall,, 4 May 2021 Ace Ian Beware the rookie starter with low mileage and devastating stuff. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2020 Another Leach disciple, this one with a little more mileage. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 12 Feb. 2020 The long-term outlook for revenue from the gas tax is made even more uncertain as more people shift to electric cars, hybrids and other vehicles that get better gas mileage. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2021

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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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17 Jul 2021

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“Mileage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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