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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Acevedo said customer demand for hybrid pickups is not large, so if Toyota were to introduce a model, the company would likely emphasize improved performance from a partially electric engine, not gas mileage. Randy Diamond,, "Toyota Tacoma sales up for 19th straight month," 4 June 2019 The Bronco in question, a green-and-tan 1996 Eddie Bauer, had the usual rust over the rear fender lips, but looked otherwise clean, with nice paint and low (for the year) mileage. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Recurring Heartbreak of Buying Cars on Craigslist," 30 May 2019 Investors shouldn’t expect much mileage out of Tesla’s latest capital increase. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Brother, Tesla Can’t Spare a Dime," 13 May 2019 Auto industry executives don’t expect sedans to roar back even if gas prices rise, largely because the newest breeds of sport utilities don’t require buyers to sacrifice as much on gas mileage. Mike Colias, WSJ, "America Has Fallen Out of Love With the Sedan," 25 Aug. 2018 Drivers are reimbursed for mileage and receive supplemental insurance. Linda Mcintosh,, "Daughters of American Revolution recognize mentor," 9 Apr. 2018 Only his age and mileage (102 games) will keep him from landing a check as big as those listed above him. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Top 10 NFL free agents by position: Defense," 26 Feb. 2018 But the Trump administration has proposed freezing those standards at 2020 levels, a move that will spark a court challenge and a fight with California, which can set its own gas mileage and greenhouse gas standards. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few," 14 Jan. 2019 Keeping your fuel filter clean can boost gas mileage and decrease emissions. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Feeling the pain of high fuel costs? Save some money at the pump with these tips," 25 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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