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book

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noun \ˈbu̇k\

Simple Definition of book

  • : a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover : a long written work

  • : a long written work that can be read on a computer

  • : a set of sheets of paper that are inside a cover and that you can write information on

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of book

  1. 1 a :  a set of written sheets of skin or paper or tablets of wood or ivory b :  a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume c :  a long written or printed literary composition d :  a major division of a treatise or literary work e :  a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition —often used in plural <the books show a profit> f :  magazine 4a g :  e-book

  2. 2 capitalized :  bible 1

  3. 3 :  something that yields knowledge or understanding <the great book of nature> <her face was an open book>

  4. 4 a (1) :  the total available knowledge and experience that can be brought to bear on a task or problem <tried every trick in the book> (2) :  inside information or analysis <the book on him is that he can't hit a curveball> b :  the standards or authority relevant in a situation <run by the book>

  5. 5 a :  all the charges that can be made against an accused person <threw the book at him> b :  a position from which one must answer for certain acts :  account <bring criminals to book>

  6. 6 a :  libretto b :  the script of a play c :  a book of arrangements for a musician or dance orchestra :  musical repertory

  7. 7 :  a packet of items bound together like a book <a book of stamps> <a book of matches>

  8. 8 a :  bookmaker b :  the bets registered by a bookmaker; also :  the business or activity of giving odds and taking bets

  9. 9 :  the number of tricks a cardplayer or side must win before any trick can have scoring value

bookful

play \ˈbu̇k-ˌfu̇l\ noun

in one's book

  1. :  in one's own opinion

in one's good books

  1. :  in favor with one

one for the book

  1. :  an act or occurrence worth noting

on the books

  1. :  on the records

Examples of book in a sentence

  1. The shelves in his office are filled with books.

  2. That's one of the best books I've read in a long time.

  3. a novelist who has written some wonderful books

  4. The library has many dictionaries and other reference books.

  5. the books of the Bible

  6. a story that is told in the Book of Job



Origin and Etymology of book

Middle English, from Old English bōc; akin to Old High German buoh book, Gothic boka letter


First Known Use: before 12th century


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book

adjective

Simple Definition of book

  • : learned from reading books and not from experience

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of book

  1. 1 :  derived from books and not from practical experience <book learning>

  2. 2 :  shown by books of account <book assets>

Examples of book in a sentence

  1. His schooling provided him with extensive book knowledge.

  2. She had plenty of book learning but no hands-on experience.



13th Century

First Known Use of book

13th century


3

book

verb

Simple Definition of book

  • : to make arrangements so that you will be able to use or have (something, such as a room, table, or seat) at a later time

  • : to make arrangements for (someone) to do, use, or have something at a later time

  • : to schedule a performance or appearance by (someone, such as a musician)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of book

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to register (as a name) for some future activity or condition (as to engage transportation or reserve lodgings) <he was booked to sail on Monday> b :  to schedule engagements for <book the band for a week> c :  to set aside time for d :  to reserve in advance <book two seats at the theater> <were all booked up>

  3. 2 a :  to enter charges against in a police register b of a referee :  to note the name or number of (as a soccer player) for a serious infraction of the rules

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make a reservation <book through your travel agent>

  6. 2 chiefly British :  to register in a hotel —usually used with in

  7. 3 slang :  leave, go; especially :  to depart quickly

bookable

play \ˈbu̇-kə-bəl\ adjective chiefly British

booker

noun

Examples of book in a sentence

  1. They booked two seats at the theater.

  2. They booked tickets for a direct flight from London to New York.

  3. I booked a table at our favorite restaurant.

  4. She booked through her travel agent.

  5. We will need to book early.

  6. She booked me on a flight from Oslo to Paris.

  7. He was booked to sail on Monday.

  8. The band was booked to play at the reception.



1807

First Known Use of book

1807

Rhymes with book

brook, chook, cook, Cook, crook, hook, look, nook, rook, schnook, shook, snook, stook



BOOK Defined for Kids

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book

play
noun \ˈbu̇k\

Definition of book for Students

  1. 1 :  a set of sheets of paper bound together

  2. 2 :  a long written work <a book about birds>

  3. 3 :  a large division of a written work <the books of the Bible>

  4. 4 :  a pack of small items bound together <a book of matches>

  5. 5 :  the records of a business's accounts —often used in pl. <a credit on the books>




2

book

play
verb

Definition of book for Students

booked

booking

  1. :  to reserve for future use <He booked rooms at the hotel.>




Law Dictionary

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book

noun

Legal Definition of book

  1. 1 :  a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition —often used in plural <the books show a profit>

  2. 2 :  police register

  3. 3 :  the bets registered by a bookmaker; also :  the business or activity of giving odds and taking bets




2

book

transitive verb

Legal Definition of book

  1. :  to make (an arrested person) undergo booking





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