Definition of taxi in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtaksi

noun (plural taxis)

  • 1A motor vehicle licensed to transport passengers in return for payment of a fare and typically fitted with a taximeter: I’ll take a taxi from the air terminal [as modifier]: a taxi driver wanted five dollars to drive me to my hotel
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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 in the same way as a taxi: they took a motor-boat taxi to the end of the Grand Canal
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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.
  • 1.2(In South Africa) a light vehicle, especially a minibus, transporting passengers along a fixed route for a set fare but not operating to a timetable.
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    • Sir, presently, I have noticed that many operators of mini buses, taxis and buses do not maintain and submit books of accounts and hence do not pay appropriate tax.
    • At present, the City collects user fees from minibus taxi and bus operators.
    • A man died and six passengers were severely injured when a car and a minibus taxi collided here on Wednesday night.

verb (taxis or taxies, taxiing, taxied)

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  • 1(Of an aircraft) move slowly along the ground before take-off or after landing: the plane taxied to a halt at the terminal
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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 taxi: he taxied the plane 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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