From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtaxitax‧i1 /ˈtæksi/ ●●● S3 noun [countable] TTCa car and driver that you pay to take you somewhere SYN cab They sent me home in a taxi.GRAMMAR: Patterns with taxi• You say get in a taxi: He got in a taxi and left. ✗Don’t say: get on a taxi• You say get out of a taxi: Two women got out of the taxi. ✗Don’t say: get off a taxi• You say that someone is in a taxi: I read my notes while I was in the taxi.• You go somewhere by taxi: She goes everywhere by taxi. COLLOCATIONSverbstake/get a taxiWe took a taxi to the hotel.go/come/arrive by taxiI went back home by taxi.hail a taxi (=wave or call to a taxi to stop for you to get in)I rushed outside and hailed a taxi.phone for/call a taxi (=telephone for a taxi to come)Can you phone for a taxi and I'll get our coats.call somebody a taxi (=telephone for a taxi to come for someone else)Call me a taxi, would you?get into/out of a taxiHe got into a taxi outside the station.taxi + NOUNa taxi rideThe centre of town is a five minute taxi ride away.a taxi fareShe couldn't afford the £18 taxi fare.a taxi driverHe paid the taxi driver and got out.a taxi serviceWe operate a taxi service to and from the airport.a taxi rank British English, a taxi stand American English (=a place where taxis wait for customers)There's a taxi rank just outside the hotel.
Examples from the Corpustaxi• The tube workers had a whip-round to pay for a taxi to the railway station.• He went searching for a taxi, his subconscious mind at work.• Getting a taxi is a battle.• A taxi journey from the Airport to the University takes approximately 20 minutes.• Angry taxi drivers responded by boycotting a planned workshop on treating customers courteously.• Wally said brightly to the suddenly befuddled taxi driver.• In the back of the taxi, our two temporary travelling companions sit as far apart as possible.• The taxi driver who approached us outside the terminal was fluent enough to say he had been sent by the tour company.taxitaxi2 verb (past tense and past participle taxied, present participle taxiing or) [intransitive] TTAif a plane taxis, it moves along the ground before taking off or after landing The plane taxied to a halt.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpustaxi• An hour later, taxiing across the glimmering surface of the lake, the floatplane approached the jetty.• Packer and Sheehy were both taxiing around Sydney airport in their respective corporate jets on Tuesday when they accidentally collided.• It was a wonderful feeling to put up an affirmative two fingers as the mechanic helped me taxi in.• Slim Gordon started the motors and they were off, taxiing into position.Origin taxi1 (1900-2000) taxicab