Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mile”


noun [C]
MEASURES a unit of distance equal to 1,760 yards or 1.6 kilometres: We are just three miles from the airport. → See also Air Miles™, the last mile, nautical mile, the Square Mile
go the extra mile to make more effort than is expected of you: To be successful, you need to be willing to go the extra mile for your customers.
miles an/per hour ( abbreviation mph) MEASURES, TRANSPORT used for saying how fast a vehicle, plane, etc. is travelling or can travel: The speed limit on UK motorways is 70 miles per hour.
miles per gallon ( abbreviation mpg) MEASURES, TRANSPORT used for saying how much fuel a vehicle uses: The car does around 40 miles per gallon in town.
(Definition of mile from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mile?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “mile” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More