mileage

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noun 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
3 a :usefulness
  • got a lot of mileage left in it
b :benefit derived from something
  • got good political mileage from the debates

Examples of mileage in a Sentence

  1. a car with high mileage

  2. My new car gets much better mileage than my old one did.

  3. The company has gotten a lot of mileage out of a simple idea.

  4. The movie gets a lot of mileage out of an old story.

Recent Examples of mileage from the Web

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First Known Use of mileage

1724



MILEAGE Defined for English Language Learners

mileage

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Definition of mileage for English Language Learners

  • : distance in miles

  • : distance traveled in miles by a vehicle

  • : the average number of miles a vehicle will travel on a gallon of gasoline


MILEAGE Defined for Kids

mileage

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noun mile·age \ ˈmī-lij \

Definition of mileage for Students

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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