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

Muzak piped into elevators and shopping malls seems almost quaint, now that televisions and video screens are everywhere—in waiting rooms, restaurants and taxis—and every stroll down a store aisle is accompanied by a pop soundtrack. Christine Rosen, WSJ, "‘Silence’ Review: The Rest Is Noise," 25 Mar. 2019 And even when level 4 systems become practical, the idea is still to sell them as options on customer cars, not run a fleet of robo-taxis. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We got our first good look at BMW’s new electric iNext, on sale in 2021," 15 Sep. 2018 The driver ran a red light at Grand and Dearborn and hit the taxi, which was traveling north on Dearborn, according to police. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "Woman killed, 3 others injured when stolen Jeep fleeing police crashes on Near North Side," 21 June 2018 Electric, vertical-lift air-taxis may someday criss-cross the skies, but the timelines their advocates are proposing are ambitious, to say the least. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Four Reasons We Don’t Have Flying Cars—Yet," 15 June 2018 Paris is a city where the taxi driver who takes you to the airport not only knows Fashion Week has just ended, but also wants to talk about the highlights. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top 12 Shows of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2019," 6 Mar. 2019 After a tiresome 12 hour day of driving a taxi that barely rewarded minimum wage, my father gave his entire earnings for that week by handing over his wallet in order to escape with his life. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "11 Teen Gun Violence Survivors and Activists on the Parkland Shooting Anniversary," 14 Feb. 2019 The value of his New York taxi business was in a tailspin because of competition from ride-hailing services. Anchorage Daily News, "Cohen, touting his access to President Trump, convinced companies to pay millions," 10 May 2018 After lunch, hop in a taxi and make your way over to Tianzifang in the historic French Concession neighborhood. Todd Plummer, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Do Shanghai in 12 Hours or Less," 14 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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