mile Definition

  • 1a unit of linear measure equal to 5,280 feet (1.609 kilometers)
  • 2a relatively great distance or a long way

Using mile: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mile" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The nearest gas station is about ten miles away.

  • Example

    She walked the last mile of the race.

  • Example

    It's been a long and difficult mile, but we finally made it.

  • Example

    He has traveled many miles to be here today.

mile Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for mile

Idioms Using mile

  • a country mile

    a very long distance


    The nearest grocery store is a country mile from here.

  • be miles away

    to be lost in thought or daydreaming


    I'm sorry, I was miles away. What did you say?

  • in a mile

    very soon or quickly


    As soon as he saw the police, he took off in a mile.

Phrases with mile

  • very quickly or rapidly


    She talks a mile a minute, so it's hard to keep up with her.

  • to make an extra effort to achieve something


    If you want to succeed in this business, you have to be willing to go the extra mile.

  • to use something a lot, causing it to wear out or become less valuable


    He put a lot of miles on his car during his road trip.

Origins of mile

from Old English 'mīl', from Latin 'milia passuum', meaning 'thousand paces'


Summary: mile in Brief

The term 'mile' [maɪl] refers to a unit of linear measure equal to 5,280 feet or a relatively great distance. It is used to describe distances both literal and figurative, as in 'The nearest gas station is about ten miles away.' 'Mile' extends into phrases like 'go the extra mile,' denoting extra effort, and idioms like 'a country mile,' denoting a very long distance.

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