Definition of mileage in English:



  • 1[usually in singular] A number of miles traveled or covered.

    ‘the car is in good condition, considering its mileage’
    • ‘In the case of the car tested, many drivers who have a fair amount of country mileage will easily achieve 50 miles per gallon.’
    • ‘The vehicles being replaced were three-and-a-half years old and had mileages between 56,000 and 90,000, the spokesman added.’
    • ‘From the time I passed my test until now I've covered enough mileage to drive to and from the moon about twice, around 900,000 miles.’
    • ‘They would say, like my partner, that because men drive longer distances and have higher mileages, it is obvious that they are exposing themselves to the risks of more accidents.’
    • ‘Over the years I have always leased a vehicle, and huge mileages have been clocked up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cars that have high mileages in a short period are often company cars, so service histories are usually immaculate and it also implies motorway driving, which is less stressful on the engine.’
    • ‘Both reached record mileages with their engines, and were able to concentrate on chassis and engine development for the coming races.’
    • ‘But for households with more than one car doing higher than average mileages, it is possible that families are paying more in fuel tax each month than their council tax or mortgage repayments.’
    • ‘Indeed, for all the miles he covers in the course of a race, his weekly mileage would not be considered excessive by most club runners on a diet of 10k road races.’
    • ‘A study by the AA found that women tend to drive shorter distances, have lower annual mileages and typically drive more slowly.’
    • ‘Private mileage amounts to 2,000 miles of total annual mileage of 16,000 miles.’
    • ‘Designed to get more people coming to Edington Priory Church and raise some money, the day will feature a quiz where residents must guess the total mileage Phineas has covered.’
    • ‘As carbon dioxide production from vehicles is directly related to fuel consumption and annual mileage covered, the remaining fly in the ointment is the taxi problem.’
    • ‘I should have run a competition to see how much mileage I covered in 3 days.’
    • ‘The average annual mileage of a four-wheeled car was 9,200 miles between 1999 and 2001’
    • ‘Average mileages for a 1999/2000 car should be around 60,000 miles, but whatever the odometer is showing needs to be verified by documentation.’
    • ‘Both drivers also covered extensive mileage testing various tyre compounds with Michelin.’
    • ‘Fixed fees also have no impact on marginal decisions about whether to drive more or fewer miles in a year, since annual mileage is not related to the tax rate.’
    value, amount, quantity, area, length, height, depth, weight, width, range, acreage, footage, mileage, tonnage
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    1. 1.1[usually as modifier]Traveling expenses paid according to the number of miles traveled.
      ‘the mileage rate will be 34 cents per mile’
      • ‘And yesterday, the prosecution offered no evidence in relation of mileage expense claims he was said to have ‘fiddled’.’
      • ‘Unlimited first-class travel within the UK is permitted as well as a mileage rate of 57.7p per mile for parliamentary business.’
      • ‘At present, he said, the mobile phone allowance was a fixed one and factored in to the councillors' mileage expenses.’
      • ‘I have just found out how you make mileage expenses claims these days.’
      • ‘Their work is on a voluntary basis but mileage expenses are paid for drivers.’
      • ‘Later this year, it is probable that there will be a substantial increase in the travelling mileage rate from 38 cents to 60 cents.’
      • ‘County councillors also receive a mileage allowance and overnight subsistence if they attend conferences or go on other council business.’
      • ‘Training and on-going support is provided, together with a mileage allowance and out-of-pocket expenses.’
      • ‘Hospital kidney patients are allowed mileage expenses for trips to and from hospital for dialysis.’
      • ‘He is to put a notice of motion to the Council calling for passes for all, pointing out they were cheaper than paying mileage expenses to councillors who opted to drive to meetings.’
      • ‘The company organised a scheme for the delivery of concrete through owner-drivers who were paid a fixed mileage rate.’
      • ‘This means someone travelling from Dublin to Cork on official business could pocket almost €400 in mileage expenses alone.’
      • ‘IT51 allows for the payment of motoring expenses through a flat-rate mileage allowance system.’
      • ‘The business mileage rate for 2004 is 37.5 cents per mile, up from 36 cents per mile for 2003.’
      • ‘Mr Willis acknowledged there was a possible economic case for senior officers with high mileage figures being provided with cars rather than claiming large mileage expenses.’
      • ‘The increased mileage rate for players has also increased expenses.’
      • ‘The players that show up aren't there for the glamour of playing for their county, or to collect their mileage expenses.’
      • ‘The county council has introduced pool cars for business trips, and last year adopted mileage rates of 40p a mile for staff using bikes on business.’
      • ‘Yes, councillors get paid a mileage allowance per mile while travelling on council business which according to the article amounts to about £40,000 a year.’
      • ‘While the service has been restored in some cases, other families are being given a paid mileage allowance by the Department of Education to drive the children to school themselves.’
  • 2informal 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’
    • ‘Predicting an Irish property crash has been one of the most fruitless exercises of recent years but The Economist magazine still believes there is some mileage in the theory.’
    • ‘But voters don't really want to think of the consequences of climate change, and politicians see no mileage in alerting them to it.’
    • ‘There's a lot more mileage yet in this whole episode.’
    • ‘Unlike his predecessor, he sees no political mileage in turf wars, or even pursuing different legislative agendas.’
    • ‘There may indeed be mileage in developing the church hall as a community and church facility in the centre of Eccleston.’
    • ‘There may be some mileage in developing electronic breath tests.’
    • ‘There's more mileage in this story yet, methinks.’
    • ‘Would there be any mileage in having him play power forward until he builds up his upper-body strength?’
    • ‘So maybe there is some mileage in using them for non-English speakers learning English.’
    • ‘So, there may not be much political mileage in this one way or the other.’
    • ‘There's no political mileage in any unionist leader going against that.’
    • ‘There may be political mileage in values debates in the US, where people like to see their own moral views codified as law.’
    • ‘It is now only a matter of time before some bright spark decides that if songs from musicals can end up in the charts, there must be mileage in taking songs from the charts and putting them in musicals.’
    • ‘There would be no mileage in not giving people that opportunity.’
    • ‘Fraser thought he had more mileage in him so began the fiendishly clever trick of having him pop up in the great historical moments of the Victorian age.’
    • ‘Of course, whether The Guardian could actually make money from a digital edition is still up in the air but I reckon there must be some mileage in selling this as a service to other publishers.’
    • ‘Is this a PM that would turn up to the opening of an envelope if he thought there was some political mileage in it?’
    • ‘Horror films had been at it since the 1930s but the big change began in the 1970s, as executives twigged that there might be added mileage in follow-up stories.’
    benefit, advantage, use, value, virtue, usefulness, utility, service, gain, profit, avail, validity, help, assistance, aid
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