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noun mile pronunciation in British English /maɪl/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] a unit for measuring distance, equal to 1.609 kilometres or 1,760 yards

    The walk is about ten miles and on level ground.

    The town is about forty miles southeast of Budapest.

    miles long/deep/high etc:

    The peninsula is 13 miles long.

  2. 2

    miles

    [plural] a long distance

    They live miles from the nearest town.

    It was 2 am and the airport was still miles away.

    for miles:

    The beach stretched for miles in each direction.

    It's one of the best schools for miles around.

    miles from anywhere/nowhere (=a long way from a town or other place where people live):

    We were miles from anywhere with no money and no food.

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