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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All models will have stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at red traffic lights, plus nine-speed automatic transmissions that will help gas mileage. Tom Krisher,, "Chevy brings back the Blazer," 22 June 2018 Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler are betting such a move will entice truck buyers who want better gas mileage. Paulina Firozi, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Kilauea's eruption reignites debate over Hawaii's geothermal plant," 18 June 2018 It is also recommended to go easy on the gas pedal, as car movements like quick acceleration and braking in traffic situations can cut gas mileage as much as 40 percent, according to Greg Norman, Fox News, "Some 42 million Americans set to travel Memorial Day weekend - and gas prices are highest since 2014," 25 May 2018 In the end, the shopper did the job, received a payment of $3.57, an incentive of $1.35, a mileage reimbursement of $2.22, and a $6.43 tip, totaling exactly $10. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Instacart changes how it pays shoppers, but many say they’re now making less," 18 Nov. 2018 The actual cost, including wages, benefits, mileage reimbursement, a stipend for cellphones and software to document visits, is about $28, Ms. Landell says. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, "Caregivers Do Double Duty to Make Ends Meet," 27 Oct. 2018 The two agencies contend that stricter mileage standards would make cars more expensive and poorer Americans less inclined to buy them. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Canada is DNA-testing migrants," 3 Aug. 2018 The bill may seem to have little chance of passing under an administration that's working to roll back gas mileage standards, but there is a business case that might persuade President Trump. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Terrible Timing of Tesla's Expiring $7,500 Tax Credit," 12 July 2018 The administration has not yet publicly released its plan, but a draft reviewed by several federal officials who shared details with The Times calls for freezing the mileage standard in place for six years. Evan Halper,, "Colorado joins California in fight to prevent Trump from weakening auto emissions rules," 19 June 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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