Definition of mileage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmīlij/


1 [usually in singular] A number of miles traveled or covered: the car is in good condition, considering its mileage
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  • A study by the AA found that women tend to drive shorter distances, have lower annual mileages and typically drive more slowly.
  • The elegant blonde patrolled the showroom forecourt, pausing to point out low mileages and discuss engine capacity with a female customer.
  • But when they were sold in December and October 2002 respectively, the mileages of both cars showed around 65,000 miles.
1.1 [usually as modifier] Traveling expenses paid according to the number of miles traveled: the mileage rate will be 34 cents per mile
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  • Later this year, it is probable that there will be a substantial increase in the travelling mileage rate from 38 cents to 60 cents.
  • Unlimited first-class travel within the UK is permitted as well as a mileage rate of 57.7p per mile for parliamentary business.
  • IT51 allows for the payment of motoring expenses through a flat-rate mileage allowance system.
2 informal Actual or potential benefit from something: he was getting a lot of mileage out of the mix-up there is bound to be a lot of mileage for the paperback
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  • There's a lot more mileage yet in this whole episode.
  • There may be political mileage in values debates in the US, where people like to see their own moral views codified as law.
  • Unlike his predecessor, he sees no political mileage in turf wars, or even pursuing different legislative agendas.


your mileage may vary

informal Your experience may be different: as with all holistic treatments, you have to keep doing them, and your mileage may vary
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  • Depending on personal agitation techniques, your mileage may vary.
  • I like the music, your mileage may vary.
  • Even a one-line disclaimer of "your mileage may vary" can keep people from losing their cool.

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Syllabification: mile·age

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