\ ˈtak-sē How to pronounce taxi (audio) \
plural taxis\ ˈtak-​sēz How to pronounce taxis (audio) \ also taxies

Definition of taxi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: taxicab also : a similarly operated boat or aircraft


taxied; taxiing; taxis or taxies

Definition of taxi (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a of an aircraft : to go at low speed along the surface of the ground or water
b : to operate an aircraft on the ground under its own power
2 : to ride in a taxicab taxied to the train station

transitive verb

1 : to transport by or as if by taxi
2 : to cause (an aircraft) to taxi

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Synonyms for taxi

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of taxi in a Sentence

Noun We caught a taxi to the restaurant. We went to the restaurant by taxi. Verb The plane taxied slowly to the runway. The pilot taxied out to the runway. The pilot taxied the plane out to the runway.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also: Why taxi drivers who serve TARC riders with disabilities in Louisville went on strike McIntyre was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black jacket and jeans, according to LMPD. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police say missing man was last seen on Bourbon Avenue near fairgrounds," 11 Feb. 2020 My father was a taxi driver in Juárez all of his life. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "texas power brokers Veronica Soto, director, housing and neighborhood services department; from personal story to citywide solutions; border native pushes to grow affordable housing in S.A.," 27 Jan. 2020 Entering Chapadão, a Comando Vermelho area, Martins’s taxi driver rolled down the windows, letting in the sticky Rio air, so the local sentries could see our faces. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 London wants its taxis and ride-share vehicles to go emission-free by 2033. Flavie Halais, Wired, "Cities Race to Slow Climate Change—and Improve Life for All," 1 Jan. 2020 Hearst believed Bowcock was trying to steal his taxi. Madeline Mitchell,, "Driver choked, passenger stabbed: No charges will be filed in NKY taxi fare gone wrong," 5 Dec. 2019 Our taxi pulls up to the 17th-century manor house Casona de la China Poblana (, a boutique hotel just a couple of blocks from the zócalo, the main square., "Get yourself to Puebla, Mexico’s best-kept vacation secret, before the secret is out - The Boston Globe," 1 Nov. 2019 Echo Lakes The Echo Lakes Chalet, and its boat taxi for hikers, is closed for the season. Tom Stienstra,, "Now is the perfect time to visit Lake Tahoe," 18 Sep. 2019 A few weeks later two colleagues from a major Bogotá newspaper went to do the same story; on their way into town from the airport they were forced out of their taxi, made to kneel in the road, and executed. Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books, "A Reporting Life in Latin America," 6 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The flight took off at 5:43 a.m. and landed back at Pensacola at 6:26 a.m. and taxied to the gate. Sarah Jackson, NBC News, "Florida woman fakes medical issue on plane to get bigger seat, police say," 1 Dec. 2019 The measure is part of other initiatives to reduce emissions, such as using a single engine when taxiing., "EasyJet says it will be first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights," 20 Nov. 2019 No injuries were reported and passengers disembarked normally after the plane landed at Bangor International Airport and taxied to a gate on its own power just after 1 a.m., Guerin told CNN. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "A United Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam made an emergency landing in Maine," 7 Oct. 2019 The one Windmill costume was tame in comparison to how many flight attendants taxied in to the mansion gate. Martha Sorren,, "Planes, Flight Attendants, & Windmills: Which Bachelor Premiere Gimmick Needs To Go First?," 6 Jan. 2020 After arriving home, after the plane taxied to the gate under a water salute from the fire department, after the soldiers were greeted by about 75 people lining the airport, the vets expected to be done for the day. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Lions helped honor 79 Michigan veterans, as they relived the horrors of war," 4 Nov. 2019 While the plane was taxiing, a backpack reported to have been thrown into the aisle by Smyser began to vibrate, FBI agent Damon Bateson wrote in a complaint. oregonlive, "Washington man on meth who 'freaked out’ on plane and forced landing in Portland pleads guilty to interfering with flight crew," 6 Dec. 2019 The measure is part of other initiatives to reduce emissions, such as using a single engine when taxiing. Fortune, "EasyJet Says It Will Be The First Major Airline To Operate Net-Zero Carbon Flights," 19 Nov. 2019 The flight landed safely in Dublin at 1:15 p.m. local time, and taxied to the gate, the airline said. CBS News, "American Airlines pilot: Crew members "lost consciousness" due to fumes in cabin," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of taxi


circa 1907, in the meaning defined above


1911, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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The first known use of taxi was circa 1907

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15 Feb 2020

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“Taxi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of taxi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a car that carries passengers to a place for an amount of money that is based on the distance traveled



English Language Learners Definition of taxi (Entry 2 of 2)

of an airplane : to move on wheels along the ground
: to direct an airplane as it moves on wheels along the ground


\ ˈtak-sē How to pronounce taxi (audio) \
plural taxis\ -​sēz \

Kids Definition of taxi

 (Entry 1 of 2)


taxied; taxiing

Kids Definition of taxi (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to run an airplane slowly along the ground under its own power
2 : to go by taxicab

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