Definition of taxi in English:


Syllabification: tax·i
Pronunciation: /ˈtaksē

noun (plural taxis)

  • 1 short for taxicab.
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    • Licensed taxi drivers are not allowed to refuse a smoking passenger although they may request passengers not to smoke.
    • But it was not until her husband Merrick, a taxi driver, returned from work around midnight that police were alerted.
    • After receiving payment, the taxi driver pulls to the left and executes a U-turn, and hits a motorcycle coming the other direction.
  • 1.1A boat or other means of transportation used to convey passengers in return for payment of a fare.
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    • Even if you don't fancy the idea of living in a rock house without windows just a few feet from the ocean, Moonhole is well worth a visit either by dinghy or taxi.
    • That evening they'll hire a taxi boat and go exploring.
    • When Patch got out of the taxi at docking port forty-two the next morning, he was dressed in a pair of slacks, a nice shirt and tie.

verb (taxis or taxies, taxiing, taxied)

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  • 1(Of an aircraft) move slowly along the ground before takeoff or after landing: the plane taxis up to a waiting limousine
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    • Airplanes taxiing for takeoff, for instance, must wait for departing aircraft to take off, or for landing aircraft to arrive and clear the runway.
    • Glinting in the pinkish sunlight, the aircraft taxied slowly across the busy airport and took off on schedule 25 minutes later.
    • The ground crew then refit the pogos so the aircraft can taxi back to the hangar.
  • 1.1 [with object] (Of a pilot) cause (an aircraft) to move slowly along the ground: he taxied it to the very end of the airstrip
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    • Unable to gain enough power to take off, the two airmen taxied the aircraft 15 miles back to Azuzeyih.
    • A No.75 Squadron pilot taxies a Hornet out on to the runway at RAAF Base Tindal for a mission during Exercise Aces North.
    • Use caution in taxiing retractable-gear aircraft through slush or mud.
  • 2Take a taxi as a means of transport: I would taxi home and sleep till eight
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    • After a public transport nightmare, we swallowed our pride and taxied across the French countryside to Chenonceau for the real castle deal.


early 20th century: abbreviation of taxicab or taximeter cab (see taximeter).

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