mile·age | \ˈmī-lij \

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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There isn’t a whole lot of dialogue, but Hadžihalilović is a director who knows how to get mileage out of a creepy, unmoving expression. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Évolution Is the Weirdest Sci-Fi Movie on Netflix," 23 June 2018 Tide can get marketing mileage out of concentrating a full cup of detergent into a cute little pod, but books have no such analogue. John Warner,, "Prize-winning: The biggest, boldest claim a bookseller can make," 30 May 2018 Oregon State ranks eighth in blocks per game (6.0) and commits the third-fewest fouls in the nation (12.3 per game), so Louisville might not be able to get much mileage out of its 75-percent shooting rate at the free-throw line. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Five things to know about Louisville's Elite Eight opponent: Oregon State," 24 Mar. 2018 In the end, though, the candidates will still get mileage from the ballot measure campaigns, regardless of the outcome. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF City Hall rivals seek leverage in dueling ballot measures," 2 Mar. 2018 Van Gundy has gotten good mileage from the Boban Marjanovic/Eric Moreland tandem behind center Andre Drummond. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Stan Van Gundy has a plan; it's just not working out," 27 Jan. 2018 Colbert, his Late Show producer Chris Licht and R.J. Fried get mileage from caricatures of Eric Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, but those jokes only go so far. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Stephen Colbert's Trump satire 'Our Cartoon President' lacks bite," 26 Jan. 2018 Even Disney's babiest-faced of pop princesses, Selena Gomez, is getting mileage out of her demons, playing a Girl, Interrupted–style heroine and rocking a hospital bracelet in a music video. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 LeBron will be 34 at the start of next season and has more mileage on him than that old guy in a Speedo at the Clevelander. Chris Chase, For The Win, "What talking heads will say about LeBron for every potential destination," 13 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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