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 But the other four teams with top-five rushing attacks have gotten a lot more mileage out of those chunk plays. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: If 'Run the Damn Ball' is going to work, Colts have to hit more big passing plays," 22 Nov. 2019 Mack may get more mileage from his second Louisville team if its projected depth is ever realized in the form of a healthy roster. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Basketball season starts with Louisville, Kentucky teams still looking for answers," 4 Nov. 2019 Where Boston ranks overall The school system is still getting good mileage out of the Payzant and Johnson years, helping to buffer the recent declines., "Boston public schools lose ground on national exam - The Boston Globe," 31 Oct. 2019 Environmental groups say the figures don't include money consumers would save at the gas pump if cars got better mileage. Tom Krisher And Ellen Knickmeyer, Detroit Free Press, "GM, FCA sides with Trump in legal fight with Calif. over gas emissions, fuel standards," 29 Oct. 2019 The goal is to help clients get more mileage out of each $20 styling fee, and of course, to sell more apparel. Wired, "Need Some Fashion Advice? Just Ask the Algorithm," 12 Sep. 2019 The dapper Courtney Stewart as Angelo the goldsmith, Terra Chaney as Adriana’s sister Luciana and Tamika Pettway as the strong female unfortunately known only as Courtesan, get great mileage out of minor characters. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: Elm Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ a joyous, joke-based stroll in the park," 19 Aug. 2019 Its flagship heavy duty engine, rolled out last year, gets 3% to 8% more mileage than its predecessor. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Business’s Climate Challenge: Getting Customers to Pay," 5 Dec. 2018 Our past grant from Season for Sharing was used to help cover mileage reimbursement for our volunteers. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Sedona nonprofit takes older adults where they need to go with the help of Season for Sharing," 29 Jan. 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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17 Feb 2020

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“Mileage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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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