Meaning of TAXI in English

TAXI

I. tax ‧ i 1 S3 /ˈtæksi/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1900-2000 ; Origin: taxicab ]

a car and driver that you pay to take you somewhere SYN cab :

They sent me home in a taxi.

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COLLOCATIONS

■ verbs

▪ take/get a taxi

We took a taxi to the hotel.

▪ go/come/arrive by taxi

I 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 taxi

He got into a taxi outside the station.

■ taxi + NOUN

▪ a taxi ride

The centre of town is a five minute taxi ride away.

▪ a taxi fare

She couldn't afford the £18 taxi fare.

▪ a taxi driver

He paid the taxi driver and got out.

▪ a taxi service

We 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.

■ COMMON ERRORS

► Do not say ' get on a taxi '. Say get in a taxi .

II. taxi 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle taxied , present participle taxiing , third person singular taxis or taxies ) [intransitive]

if a plane taxis, it moves along the ground before taking off or after landing:

The plane taxied to a halt.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.