Definition of taxi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaksē/

noun (plural taxis)

1 short for taxicab.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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)

[no object]
1(Of an aircraft) move slowly along the ground before takeoff or after landing: the plane taxis up to a waiting limousine
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with taxi

Cotopaxi, maxi, waxy

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Syllabification: tax·i

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