\ˈtak-sē \
plural taxis\ˈtak-​sēz \ 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

cab, hack, taxicab

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Examples of taxi in a Sentence


We caught a taxi to the restaurant. We went to the restaurant by taxi.


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

And so the official launch of Waymo's driverless taxi service is likely to be another anticlimactic event. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s excruciatingly gradual launch process, explained," 31 Oct. 2018 The procedure requires mild sedation, and patients are not allowed to walk out on their own, even just to get in a taxi. Washington Post, "When you’re aging alone, who will take care of you if you get sick?," 9 July 2018 In larger urban areas there are viable taxi services and bus services that meet this need. Scott Maxwell,, "15 questions for the candidates for Orange County mayor. Where do they stand?," 24 May 2018 Jean Lopez got in a taxi alone with her and began to touch her through her clothing, the lawsuit says. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "Lawsuit accuses US Olympics, taekwondo stars of sex trafficking," 7 May 2018 Phase 2 and 3 regulations that took effect this month will allow for robot cars without drivers, and eventually autonomous taxi services, also without drivers. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "DMV officials: Self-driving car regulations will continue to evolve," 11 Apr. 2018 The news comes on the heels of Jaguar’s having committed to a 20,000-strong fleet of self-driving I-Pace SUVs in partnership with Waymo LLC, a ride-hailing taxi service spun off from Google Inc. Hannah Elliott,, "Jaguar Doubles Down on Power With New F-Pace SVR SUV," 27 Mar. 2018 Not wanting to waste money on taxis to save for her young daughter’s future and living in a rough Chicago neighborhood, Belle regularly power-runs to catch the bus for her on-call babysitting jobs late at night. Fawnia Soo Hoo, Glamour, "The Costumes in Widows Mirror Each Woman’s Journey," 15 Nov. 2018 Long taxi lines at LaGuardia, above, are among areas for improvement at airports around New York City. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "New York’s Three Airports: Bottom of the Heap," 14 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Padilla and an a recently hired assistant boarded the plane, taxied it to the runway, took off, and head out over the Atlantic Ocean. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "It's Troublingly Common for Ground Crew Members To Steal Planes," 13 Aug. 2018 The aircraft began taxiing with no communication between the crew and the tower. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "'Suicidal' airline employee plane theft started with flick of a switch, officials say," 11 Aug. 2018 In the video, the tail-fin of a stationary Turkish Airbus Airbus A321 jet appears to be sheared off after getting clipped by the wing of a taxiing Airbus A330 widebody jet on Sunday. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Video: Airbus A330 shears tail off A321 after jets collide in Istanbul," 14 May 2018 The aircraft taxied to the gate and passengers deplaned normally. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "A plane engine fell apart in midair. The passengers were amazing.," 14 Feb. 2018 According to reports, the flight was taxiing for takeoff from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport when the air crew noticed smoke. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Passengers evacuate United Airlines flight via emergency slide after smoke detected in cabin," 1 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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