taxi

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

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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 In 1996, the family resettled in Brussels, where Rusesabagina drove a taxi and started a small transport company. New York Times, "He Was the Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda.’ Now He’s Accused of Terrorism.," 2 Mar. 2021 Experts, however, are doubtful about how successful a pod taxi can be in solving India’s road congestion problem. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, "Mukesh Ambani goes back to the future with his latest investment in a pod taxi tech company," 1 Mar. 2021 Ferguson, who started out in a segregated elementary school in Washington, D.C., has spoken openly about his experience as a Black executive, noting he has been mistaken as a waiter and had trouble hailing a taxi in New York. Washington Post, "TIAA is the first company in Fortune 500 history to have two Black CEOs in a row," 26 Feb. 2021 Her father drove a taxi and her mother cleaned homes. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family sacrifices helped Warriors' James Wiseman live his dream. 'Now it's my turn to help'," 2 Feb. 2021 Son of a Philadelphia garment manufacturer specializing in cheap blouses, Raab was a high school dropout who pumped gas and drove a taxi before discovering his talent for interpreting the zeitgeist. Andrea Lee, Vogue, "In Meadowy Prints, Memories of the Main Line," 27 Jan. 2021 Cadillac was light on the details, but inside there’s 360-degree seating that makes the PAV look more like a mobile parlor room than a taxi. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 With Tencent’s WeChat and other apps developed by these firms, millions of Chinese consumers and small-business owners can make a purchase, hail a taxi, execute an investment or even take out a loan with a swipe on their smartphones. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "Jack Ma Makes Ant Offer to Placate Chinese Regulators," 20 Dec. 2020 After the game, the plan was for Fedorov to follow Lites and Polano to a taxi that would would whisk them to the airport, where Mike Ilitch’s jet awaited. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "'The Russian Five' debuts on PBS: Relive the thrills of Detroit Red Wings' iconic group," 17 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plummer said that as the plane began to taxi out, the man, who claimed to have post-traumatic stress disorder, ignored a flight attendant's direction that he must be seated. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Passengers and dog misuse Delta plane emergency slide at LaGuardia Airport in 'ultra-rare' incident," 23 Dec. 2020 On September 13, Southwest Airlines removed a mother and her 2-year-old son from their flight to Chicago because her son was eating gummy bears with his face mask under his chin as the flight pushed back from the gate and began to taxi. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Mother who was kicked off a flight because her toddler wouldn't wear a mask wants airlines to change their policies," 23 Sep. 2020 Plastic fingers hang down from the hoverpads at the bottom of the ship and create a seal with the ground, meaning the airship can taxi over small obstacles like rocks or bumps. Starre Vartan, Popular Mechanics, "Airships Haven’t Been Able to Get Back Up Off the Ground—Until Now," 31 Mar. 2020 Padgett said the plane landed and then taxied to the gate under its own power before passengers exited normally. Washington Post, "Report: Allegiant flight in emergency landing, no injuries," 3 Jan. 2020 After receiving instructions, the pilots then taxied the aircraft to a gate and the passengers and crew disembarked. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Authorities Investigate Death on Austin Runway Where Southwest Flight Landed," 8 May 2020 But most pilots are taxiing in, shutting down engines, switching off the avionics, and—like truckers or NORAD controllers—taking a break until the sun comes up and goes back down. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Appearing nightly, the Quest Diagnostics Air Force," 29 Apr. 2020 The airlines are taxiing for government bailouts as air travel is down 90% across the Continent. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Global stocks rise as investors cheer the easing of lockdown measures," 27 Apr. 2020 Then these strange newborns taxied to the airfield next door, met a waiting crew, and took off for Europe. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Auto Rollback Will Eliminate 13,500 Jobs," 13 Apr. 2020

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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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9 Mar 2021

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“Taxi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taxi. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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