1 of 2


plural taxis ˈtak-sēz How to pronounce taxi (audio) also taxies
: taxicab
also : a similarly operated boat or aircraft


2 of 2


taxied; taxiing; taxis or taxies

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Companies like Uber are difficult to use in Cancun, due to hostility between taxi companies and the apps. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 Former Times tech columnist Brian Merchant writes about the torching of a Waymo driverless taxi in San Francisco last week. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Surveys have found public support for regulation, and many of the constituencies the bill claims to benefit, including smaller businesses and independent taxi drivers, have typically voted for the Democratic Party of Korea. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Waymo, owned by Google parent company Alphabet, has been offering Californians a 24/7 taxi service in driverless cars since the summer. Maham Javaid, Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2024 There’s just one taxi, but everything is accessible on foot or by boat. Rachel Howard, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2024 When martial law is imposed overnight, shutting down the country, visiting guest lecturer British psychiatry professor Dr Joan Andrews (Manville) arrives just as taxis have been replaced by tanks and citizens are treated like criminals. Alex Ritman, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 Leave your cars at home Water taxi, use a ride share company or stay close by. Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The sudden attack, which unfolded about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Prince George’s County, didn’t just leave the taxi driver with critical wounds. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024
No one was hurt after an American Airlines flight slid off a runway at New York's Greater Rochester International Airport after landing Thursday afternoon and attempting to taxi to the terminal. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 18 Jan. 2024 The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating how a Boeing aircraft operated by Delta Air Lines lost the tire on its nose while taxiing for takeoff at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, the agency said Tuesday. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 The plane, a Bombardier CRJ-200 operated by Air Wisconsin Flight 6209, was taxiing ahead of takeoff when the collision took place about 7:20 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said in a preliminary statement. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 7 Oct. 2023 On March 7, a Republic Airways flight taxied across a runway at Reagan National Airport that a United Airlines flight had just been cleared to take off from, the NTSB told CBS News. CBS News, 14 Dec. 2023 Marketing is starting to taxi their planes on the runway. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 In some cases, national-fishery law-enforcement authorities or private fishing-boat captains agreed to taxi us to target the various fishing grounds around the world. Ian Urbina, TIME, 26 Oct. 2023 Chicago O'Hare International Airport confirmed to Fox News Digital that shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday evening, a regional American Airlines flight 6209 was taxiing and somehow collided with a shuttle bus. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 7 Oct. 2023 Air Wisconsin Flight 6209 was taxiing for departure when the collision happened, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Sharif Paget, CNN, 7 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1907, in the meaning defined above


1911, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of taxi was circa 1907

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Cite this Entry

“Taxi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
plural taxis -sēz How to pronounce taxi (audio) also taxies
: taxicab
also : a similarly operated boat or airplane


2 of 2 verb
taxied; taxiing; taxis or taxies
: to operate an airplane slowly on the ground under its own power
: to ride in or transport by taxi

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