- 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!
The nearest gas station is about ten miles away.
She walked the last mile of the race.
It's been a long and difficult mile, but we finally made it.
He has traveled many miles to be here today.
mile Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using mile
a country mile
a very long distance
The nearest grocery store is a country mile from here.
I'm sorry, I was miles away. What did you say?
As soon as he saw the police, he took off in a mile.
Phrases with mile
She talks a mile a minute, so it's hard to keep up with her.
If you want to succeed in this business, you have to be willing to go the extra mile.
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.