\ 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


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

Also on this day: 1833: President Andrew Jackson shuts down the Second Bank of the U.S. 1897: A 25-year-old London taxi driver named George Smith becomes the first person ever arrested for drunk driving. Fox News, "This Day in History: Sept. 10," 10 Sep. 2019 Others include a disgraced journalist working as a London taxi driver and an elderly couple living in the countryside of Russia. Rosy Cordero,, "Watch the exclusive first trailer for Jason Bourne inspired series Treadstone," 9 Aug. 2019 In the meantime, the company is still dealing with the fallout from its decision to delay the launch of its driverless taxi service. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "What is ‘Ultra Cruise’? GM teases mysterious autonomous technology to investors," 1 Aug. 2019 While driving for Uber on Sept. 2, 2018, Lu allegedly kicked taxi driver Anis Tungekar in the head following a traffic dispute, and died two days later, according to a lawsuit filed by Tungekar’s family in Cook County Circuit Court last month. Mary Wisniewski,, "Lyft cited for failing to warn city about violent behavior of driver who later allegedly killed a taxi driver," 16 July 2019 In 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, N.J., over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that followed., "This day in history," 12 July 2019 Ethiopia’s first e-hailing taxi service is scaling beyond the streets of Addis Ababa. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s first app-based taxi service is expanding into West Africa," 17 June 2019 Porta said that with all the people headed downtown for the festivities, especially on Sunday when the Pride Parade hits the streets, Pride Northwest encourages festival goers to take public transit, or a rideshare or taxi service., "Portland Pride expects 60,000 people for downtown festival, parade," 11 June 2019 New York City taxi driver Abdul Saleh, 59, was found hanging by an electrical cord in his apartment Friday. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "6th New York City Cab Driver Takes His Life in Crisis Blamed on Uber," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Runway status lights provide visual cues that may prevent pilots from taxiing onto active runways and avert some airport surface disasters. Joshua A. Krisch, Popular Mechanics, "Why Your Plane Is Safer in the Air Than It Is on the Ground," 15 Jan. 2014 The plane taxied before a four-woman timer team at 8:59:30 a.m. the plane’s log book was stamped an Evelyn Perity, one of four runners, sprinted to the plane. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: ‘Powder Puff’ air race drew attention to women in aviation," 9 July 2019 Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., was temporarily closed to aircraft Friday afternoon after a Southwest flight slid off the runway after landing while taxiing to the terminal. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Heavy Snow Threatens Travel Over Holiday Weekend," 18 Jan. 2019 After taxiing to a stop at the airport, Ticcioni slowly climbed down the ladder and walked underneath the wing as the next group of World War II re-enactors lined up to board the plane. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ralph Ticcioni parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, and returned 72 years later," 3 Aug. 2019 Staff were reportedly impressed by the boy's ability to taxi the plane without any formal piloting experience. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "A boy stole two planes for a joyride. Pilots now want to teach him how to fly," 22 July 2019 This luxury electric cargo bike was designed to be the perfect way to taxi your dog anywhere safely. Kelli Bender,, "Since Dogs Make Everything Better, There Is Now a Bike Designed to Take Your Dog Anywhere," 23 July 2019 Orlando airport officials are continuing to closely inspect their largest runway several times daily for signs of permanent damage from a Norwegian Air flight’s massive discharge of fuel last month while landing and taxiing. Kevin Spear,, "Massive Norwegian Air fuel spill at Orlando airport gives rise to fear of runway damage," 3 July 2019 Patel said the aircraft landed safely and taxied to the gate on its own power. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Warning light leads Southwest pilot to declare emergency on arrival in Phoenix," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce taxi (audio) \
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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