\ 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

In the ensuing days, police meticulously reconstructed a timeline of events based dozens of surveillance cameras, ride share and taxi records, social media posts, interviews and other investigative techniques. Jason Meisner,, "Lawyers for Jussie Smollett say bill to investigate alleged hate crime is city’s problem," 4 Sep. 2019 The company’s platform includes more than 30 million drivers, including taxis and ride-sharing providers. Echo Huang, Quartz, "China is leaning on ride-hailing to boost sales of electric vehicles," 4 Sep. 2019 The pilot was able to restart the plane and taxi under law enforcement escort to a nearby parking lot, Stone said. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Small plane makes emergency landing on I-22 in Walker County," 30 Aug. 2019 Sid Gillman signed him to his Chargers taxi squad in 1968, and the coach helped develop a better tool for kicking., "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 Put-in-Bay taxis and buses will pick up and drop off passengers at the two main entrances at the north and south ends of the airport. Laura Johnston,, "Kid Rock headlines Put-in-Bay’s third annual Bash at the Bay: Everything you need to know," 26 Aug. 2019 Caceres guided the taxi through the main square, past English Pub and Restaurant Quinua Pizzeria, and dropped me in the traffic jam by the rail station. National Geographic, "Here’s why every foodie you know is heading to Peru," 19 July 2019 New York City will tighten rules for the purchase and refinancing of taxi medallions following a 45-day review ordered by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York City to Increase Regulation of Taxi Medallions," 8 July 2019 Facebook reimagined the college directory, Uber the taxi business. The Economist, "How robotic furniture will improve our lives," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Stephanie McFarland, a spokeswoman for Indianapolis International Airport, said the flight landed safely and taxied successfully to the gate. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Flight diverted to Indianapolis from Chicago due to 'faint odor in the cabin'," 4 Mar. 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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