Meaning of “mile” in the English Dictionary

"mile" in British English

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milenoun

us uk /maɪl/

B1 [ C ] a unit of distance equal to 1,760 yards or 1.6 kilometres:

a ten-mile drive
The nearest town is ten miles away.
The speed limit is 30 miles an/per hour.
miles C1 [ plural ]

a very long way:

From the top, we could see for miles in every direction.
He lives miles away on the other side of town.

More examples

  • The path twists and turns for over a mile.
  • The boat was about a mile from the shore when the engine suddenly died.
  • I've sponsored her £1 for every mile that she runs.
  • He runs five miles every day.
  • The length of the bay is approximately 200 miles.

(Definition of “mile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mile" in American English

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milenoun [ C ]

us /mɑɪl/ abbreviation mi.

a unit of measurement of distance equal to 1760 yards or 1.6 kilometers

Miles can mean a very long distance:

They live way out in the country, miles from anywhere.

(Definition of “mile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mile" in Business English

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milenoun [ C ]

uk /maɪl/ us

MEASURES a unit of distance equal to 1,760 yards or 1.6 kilometres:

We are just three miles from the airport.
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)