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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The deviations the automaker acknowledged in those scandals were more directly related to product quality, such as mileage, emissions and plant inspections. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "As Ghosn heads for Nissan exit, Renault merger hopes fade," 21 Nov. 2018 Could that fact make a marked difference in mileage on a road trip? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can Driving the Inside Lane on the Highway Shorten Your Trip?," 16 Nov. 2018 Runners can connect sneakers to the internet to track mileage and speed. Stu Woo, WSJ, "Why Being First in 5G Matters," 12 Sep. 2018 This includes $600,000 in labor costs, $247,000 in mileage, $48,000 for handsets, and $96,000 for data usage. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon lied about 4G coverage—and it could hurt rural America, group says," 7 Aug. 2018 This may be one of those situations where your personal comfort is worth the slight drop in mileage. NBC News, "How to save money on gas and squeeze more miles out of every gallon," 25 May 2018 Staffers at the data monitoring centers are able to look at a map, click on a car, and see things like make and model, mileage, and battery charge, according to the AP report. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Automakers give the Chinese government access to location data of electric cars," 30 Nov. 2018 The drivers’ pay is determined by the actual trip’s mileage and time, which can vary based on traffic conditions or diversions. Greg Bensinger, WSJ, "Uber Drivers Take Riders the Long Way—at Uber’s Expense," 13 Aug. 2018 In Chicago, drivers receive less than 2 percent savings for lower annual mileage. Corilyn Shropshire,, "Low-mileage drivers are at lower risk for accidents, but they usually pay just as much for insurance, study says," 26 Feb. 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 \

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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