Definition of taxi in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘However, this same person also held a valid Hong Kong driver's license as well as a taxi driver's license.’
    • ‘He fed me and rented the taxi to ferry us around so that we could shoot the London scenes.’
    • ‘I'm in a taxi with Marina and after a few minutes, I realise we are driving in the opposite direction to the town.’
    • ‘She'd kept up an almost incessant stream of chatter and commentary during the whole of the train ride from London, and then in the taxi to the dock.’
    • ‘This goes a long way towards undermining the railroads and any other public transportation except buses and taxis.’
    • ‘A taxi driver and his four passengers escaped being crushed when a straw bale weighing half a ton bounced onto their car.’
    • ‘Five children and the taxi driver were killed in the accident which was blamed on human error and an unroadworthy vehicle.’
    • ‘After receiving payment, the taxi driver pulls to the left and executes a U-turn, and hits a motorcycle coming the other direction.’
    • ‘I ran out of the house and took a taxi to the wharf.’
    • ‘I asked whether a woman has to be screaming when she dials 111 in order for the police to come to protect her rather than to send a taxi.’
    • ‘And with that he hails a taxi to ferry him to the studio.’
    • ‘We never took a taxi; we took public transportation.’
    • ‘A pen was wedged between the soldier's jaws; the café owner called for a taxi with his cellular phone.’
    • ‘A girl with brown hair that's pulled back into a ponytail is leaning in the passenger side of a taxi yelling at the driver.’
    • ‘Dana got inside the taxi as I walked over to say goodbye.’
    • ‘But it was not until her husband Merrick, a taxi driver, returned from work around midnight that police were alerted.’
    • ‘She leaned back into the taxi's lumpy seat and gave him a reassuring smile.’
    • ‘At night, take a taxi to see the sights and try all the wonderful restaurants.’
    • ‘Licensed taxi drivers are not allowed to refuse a smoking passenger although they may request passengers not to smoke.’
    • ‘My thoughts were dismissed as I lurched forward, the taxi veering to the side of the avenue and halting quickly.’
    cab, taxi cab, minicab, hackney cab
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    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘Anyway got to go, a motorbike taxi just drove into my bar!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Needing vehicular transportation I hired a motorbike taxi, agreeing to his 30 baht impost.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From the quay, the taxi which has transported me from the ferry port skirts the wide crescent of beach before twisting and turning all the way to the top of the island.’
      • ‘Don't get into any small taxi boats in the Philippines.’
      • ‘Rather than be robbed twice, first by the crooks and then by the police, he decided to get a motorbike taxi home and cut his losses.’
      • ‘For instance, a three-wheeler taxi purchased in Colombo for about 150,000 rupees is taxed 65,000 rupees.’
      • ‘Everybody else walks, takes a dhow or uses donkey taxis.’
      • ‘Splash out by hiring a long-tail taxi boat for a personal tour of Bangkok's fascinating canals.’
      • ‘That evening they'll hire a taxi boat and go exploring.’
      • ‘When I catch a motorbike taxi in the morning, the regular guy who drives me literally punches the air and whoops when he sees me coming.’
      • ‘Into this gentle background music, roars a motorbike taxi, bringing one more tourist to share heaven with us.’
      • ‘It's not cheap; so if four wheels are too costly, take a motorbike taxi, but don't expect a helmet.’
      • ‘I caught a motorbike taxi back - my friend opted to cycle.’
    2. 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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kinshasa began returning to normal on Monday, with shops reopening and fleets of taxis and buses operating as normal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The vehicle was apparently mistaken for a minibus taxi.’


  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction (of an aircraft) move slowly along the ground before take-off or after landing.

    ‘the plane taxied to a halt at the terminal’
    • ‘Airplanes taxiing for takeoff, for instance, must wait for departing aircraft to take off, or for landing aircraft to arrive and clear the runway.’
    • ‘The California Highway Patrol discovered that its directives didn't allow for airplanes taxiing on public roads.’
    • ‘Five people suffered minor injuries during the evacuation, ordered by the plane's captain after smoke was spotted in a toilet at the rear of the Fokker 100 aircraft as it taxied for take-off.’
    • ‘The plane taxied, took off, and flew high into the clouds.’
    • ‘You actually feel this could be solid preparation for your first flying lesson, as the gravel-voiced military tutor takes you through taxiing, take-off, landing and air-to-air combat situations.’
    • ‘Look at it as you would an aircraft taxiing onto the runway and adding power for takeoff, where the really hard part is overcoming inertia and gaining enough speed for liftoff.’
    • ‘However, as the aircraft taxied for departure, the military authorities reversed their decision and a truck loaded with armed men was despatched to block the runway.’
    • ‘The plane, bound for Tenerife, had to be diverted to Lisbon but Beardsell started fighting with his girlfriend's brother in the galley as the aircraft taxied to a halt.’
    • ‘During that time, restrictions were put on planes taxiing, taking off and landing at Frankfurt's Rhein-Main airport, and that trickled back through the system.’
    • ‘Soon, the aircraft taxied down the runway, and took off into the clear horizon.’
    • ‘All eyes were on our aircraft as we taxied out of the landing area.’
    • ‘When your plane makes its soft water landing and taxis up to the dock at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa, life slows down.’
    • ‘Bound for France, the aircraft was taxiing out to the runaway at Stansted airport when my wife Jean became quite fidgety.’
    • ‘The ground crew then refit the pogos so the aircraft can taxi back to the hangar.’
    • ‘And there was an unmistakable atmosphere of satisfaction from the waiting ground crews when the aircraft taxied towards them.’
    • ‘After waiting for twenty minutes, the plane finally taxied and took off.’
    • ‘Glinting in the pinkish sunlight, the aircraft taxied slowly across the busy airport and took off on schedule 25 minutes later.’
    • ‘Incidentally, once the plane is taxiing out for takeoff, similar noises you hear are most likely the flaps and slats being extended for takeoff.’
    • ‘The local ground crew reset the gear as each aircraft taxied clear.’
    freewheel, cruise, drift, glide, sail, float, skate, slip, skim
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    1. 1.1with object (of a pilot) cause (an aircraft) to taxi.
      ‘he taxied the plane to the very end of the airstrip’
      • ‘It became common practice to tow the Airacobras to the end of the runway rather than taxi them.’
      • ‘During March, Carolyn Grace taxied her two-seat Spitfire into a Jet Ranger helicopter at Duxford, England.’
      • ‘Steve taxied the Lightning and did a fast run down the runway and except for a minor hydraulic problem, pronounced the plane to be in fine condition.’
      • ‘And it has the expertise to ensure it could be taxied for display purposes and brought back to flying fitness if that was required.’
      • ‘The three pilots taxied the plane onto a runway that had been closed for repairs, and in the process of taking off, slammed the aircraft into construction machinery.’
      • ‘We got the signal to kneel the jet and waited to be taxied into the shuttle.’
      • ‘He taxied the TAF into the hanger and shut down the engines.’
      • ‘After landing, the Spitfire was taxied into a hangar, where it was kept overnight until yesterday when it performed another fly-past.’
      • ‘He taxied the jet into position and advanced the throttles to military power.’
      • ‘A No.75 Squadron pilot taxies a Hornet out on to the runway at RAAF Base Tindal for a mission during Exercise Aces North.’
      • ‘Unable to gain enough power to take off, the two airmen taxied the aircraft 15 miles back to Azuzeyih.’
      • ‘As soon as it was ready to be taxied I completed taxiing tests.’
      • ‘Directional control was maintained and the aircraft was taxied clear of the runway.’
      • ‘Some weeks before, he saw me taxi a P-40 out of the parking area and head for the active runway.’
      • ‘Use caution in taxiing retractable-gear aircraft through slush or mud.’
      • ‘At Desert One, all the C-130s had landed and were taxied into place.’
      • ‘I am a pilot, and taxiing my plane to the hanger, Sophia came forward and climbed up in the copilot's seat.’
      • ‘Even taxiing a twin is more interesting than a single.’
      • ‘Rob continued to taxi the airplane closer as the Marines ran on ahead.’
      • ‘Now, one thing I do not know was whether he had nose wheel steering, which we have when we taxi the airplane at slower speeds.’
  • 2no object, with adverbial of direction Take a taxi as a means of transport.

    ‘I would taxi home and sleep till eight’
    • ‘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).