\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

Police said a taxi had just dropped the two women off at one of their apartments around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when they were gunned down. Fox News, "Police: Man recently charged with rape killed 2, wounded 1," 12 July 2018 The Times said Trump like Hardiman's personal story, which includes driving a taxi to pay for his education, and Hardiman has the backing of Trump's sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who used to serve with Hardiman on the federal appeals court. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Is President Trump losing interest in Michigan judge for Supreme Court pick?," 9 July 2018 Though many Saudis think driving a taxi demeaning, a growing number use their cars to work part-time for Uber, a ride-hailing firm, or Careem, its regional rival. The Economist, "Breaking the curseWhy Gulf economies struggle to wean themselves off oil," 21 June 2018 By car Cost: A taxi to Lower Manhattan will cost you between $50-$75. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "United Will Now Fly You By Helicopter to Newark Airport," 12 June 2018 And, for less than the price of owning a car or taking a taxi, you’ll be whisked off to your destination. Ed Wallace\, star-telegram, "Technology’s Blown Engine," 8 June 2018 Another 25 percent of travelers use Uber, Lyft, an on-site shuttle or take a taxi or town car before hitting the PDX concourse. Andrew Theen,, "PDX jacks up prices for Uber, Lyft, parking," 30 May 2018 Some may consider taking a taxi or ride-share service like Lyft, but that’s discouraged for two reasons. Michael Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to visit Muir Woods by shuttle, car and bike," 16 May 2018 The winning design showed him riding a pink tricycle while holding on to a taxi. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Deadpool 2' Marketing Blitz Bets on Too Much Being Just Enough," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Video shows a confrontation that erupted after a deaf pregnant woman said a man punched her and her service dog as their Frontier flight was taxiing to a gate at Orlando International Airport. Deanna Allbrittin And Jason Kelly, ajc, "Deaf, pregnant woman with service animal says she was punched on flight," 20 May 2018 The flight, which was taxiing for departure to Los Angeles, became unresponsive to air traffic control shortly before takeoff. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "A JetBlue Pilot Accidentally Triggered a Hijacking Alert. Panic and Chaos Ensued," 27 June 2018 The others, which had been spun up in case the primary aircraft experienced problems, taxied back to their hangars and shut down. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 In November, a similar collision at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport left a Virgin Atlantic plane without the tip of its wing after it was clipped by an Egypt Air flight while taxiing. Mackenzie Schmidt,, "Plane Carrying 222 Passengers Slices Off Tail of Parked Jet in Harrowing Video of Airport Collision," 14 May 2018 The pilot taxied to the gate, where most passengers were able to get off the plane, Phoenix Fire Capt. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Odor forces Frontier Airlines flight to divert to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport," 27 May 2018 Petrini Manley complained of being allergic to dogs as the plane descended and was being taxied to the gate at the Orlando International Airport. Anchorage Daily News, "Pregnant woman and service dog punched on Frontier flight in Florida," 18 May 2018 The Korea Times reported that the Asiana plane was taxiing on the runway before colliding with the A321, which resulted in a fire on the Turkish jet that forced fire crews to rush to the scene. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Plane carrying 222 passengers crashes into jet on runway, slices off tail," 14 May 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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