taxi

noun
\ 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

taxi

verb
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

cab, hack, taxicab

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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

Nasher, 32, was a Pacifica resident who owned a taxi company called Skyline Yellow Cab. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Slaying suspect lured victims to secluded San Mateo County road, prosecutors say," 24 June 2019 Prosecutors then charged Dosouqi with the murders of Pekipaki and a 32-year-old Pacifica taxi driver, Abdulmalek Nasher, who was found fatally stabbed last Monday in the same area along Skyline Boulevard. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "Skyline killer lured tow truck driver at random, coworker says: ‘Anyone could’ve gone up there’," 21 June 2019 Jobs such as street vendors, taxi drivers or head porters, most of whom are female migrant workers from rural regions working in urban areas, aren’t registered with the government. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Ghana is betting on a digital census in 2020 to transform its informal economy," 18 June 2019 His father is a taxi driver, his mother a neurologist, and his sister a train conductor. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, "Ukraine’s New Leading Man," 17 June 2019 Many reckon that banks, burdened with old IT and ever-emptier branches, will suffer the fate of retailers and taxi drivers. The Economist, "Digital technology will strengthen America’s biggest retail banks," 15 June 2019 Meanwhile, parent company Enterprise Holdings has been lobbying state legislatures to regulate car-sharing platforms as rental agencies, similar to how hotel chains and taxi companies spearheaded regulation of Airbnbs and ride-sharing apps. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "'Airbnb for cars’ is here, and renting will never be the same," 7 June 2019 July of 1967 – nearby Newark erupted into chaos after white police officers beat a black taxi driver. Asbury Park Press, "Read more from this Project," 15 June 2018 But the company’s arrival also prompted street protests from taxi-drivers, lawsuits from regulators, and accusations of tax avoidance. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears," 30 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the airliner taxied to begin its trek to Germany, Anton alerted the flight crew that he was supposed to be going to Sweden. Steve Almasy And Andrea Diaz, CNN, "A 14-year-old US boy was headed to Sweden but ended up on a plane to Germany," 2 July 2019 The aircraft returned to Charlotte, landed safely, and taxied to the gate. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "American Airlines flight makes emergency landing after passengers say 'flames' came out of engine," 15 Aug. 2018 Warners was appalled by the prospect of a live car chase in heavily populated San Francisco and by the scene when McQueen’s detective throws himself beneath the wheels of a taxiing Boeing 707 at San Francisco International Airport. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "High-Octane Cool," 8 Oct. 2018 Boeing and SpaceX are two companies that will eventually taxi our astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Henry Williams, WSJ, "NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Life off Earth," 3 Jan. 2019 The flight-recorder data is presented as a series of line graphs that give a clear picture of what was going on with the aircraft systems as the plane taxied on the ground, took off and flew for just 11 minutes. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 This video, taken at an undisclosed location, shows the Tu-95 and Su-35S fighter jets taxiing to take off on the mission. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Russia's Wargames Propaganda Tells Us About Its Military," 13 Sep. 2018 Around 4:20 pm, Flight 645 was taxiing from Gate C30 when the aircraft’s left wing clipped the left wing of Flight 2746, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Two United Airlines planes collide on the ground at Chicago O'Hare Airport," 16 Aug. 2018 One recent day at Niamey’s airport, two French fighter jets screeched skyward from the runway as a giant American C-130 transporter plane taxied below. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "‘A Nest of Spies’: Niger’s Deserts Become Front Line of Fight Against Jihadism," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of taxi

Noun

circa 1907, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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More Definitions for taxi

taxi

noun

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

taxi

verb

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

taxi

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

Kids Definition of taxi

 (Entry 1 of 2)

taxi

verb
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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