\ ˈbu̇k How to pronounce book (audio) \

Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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 between a front and back cover an address book
c : a long written or printed literary composition reading a good book reference books hardcover and paperback books
d : a major division of a treatise or literary work the books of the Bible
e accounting : a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition often used in plural the books show a profit — see also cook the books
g : e-book
2 capitalized : bible sense 1 put his hand on the Book and took the oath
3 : something that yields knowledge or understanding the great book of nature her face was an open book
4a(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 runs her business by the book
5a : 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
6a musical theater : libretto
b : the script of a play
c music : a book of arrangements for a musician or dance orchestra : musical repertory
7 : a packet of items bound together like a book a book of stamps a book of matches
8 gambling
a : bookmaker
b : the bets registered by a bookmaker also : the business or activity of giving odds (see odds sense 3b) and taking bets
9 card games : the number of tricks (see trick entry 1 sense 4) a cardplayer or side must win before any trick can have scoring value
in one's book
: in one's own opinion
in one's good books
: in favor with one getting back in his boss's good books
one for the book or one for the books
: an act or occurrence worth noting
on the books
: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books



Definition of book (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : derived from books (see book entry 1 sense 1) and not from practical experience book learning
2 accounting : shown by ledgers book assets


booked; booking; books

Definition of book (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to register (something, such 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 booking a strategy meeting
d : to reserve in advance book two seats at the theater tried to make reservations, but they were all booked up
2a law enforcement : to enter charges against in a police register was booked on suspicion of murder
b of a referee : to note the name or number of (someone, such as a soccer player) for a serious infraction of the rules booking him for a late tackle

intransitive verb

1 : to make a reservation book through your travel agent
2 chiefly British : to register in a hotel usually used with in went to the hotel and booked in
3 slang : leave, go especially : to depart quickly We booked out of there.

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Other Words from book


bookful \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce book (audio) \ noun


bookable \ ˈbu̇-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce book (audio) \ adjective, chiefly British
booker noun

Synonyms for book

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of book in a Sentence

Noun The shelves in his office are filled with books. That's one of the best books I've read in a long time. a novelist who has written some wonderful books The library has many dictionaries and other reference books. the books of the Bible a story that is told in the Book of Job Adjective His schooling provided him with extensive book knowledge. She had plenty of book learning but no hands-on experience. Verb They booked two seats at the theater. They booked tickets for a direct flight from London to New York. I booked a table at our favorite restaurant. She booked through her travel agent. We will need to book early. She booked me on a flight from Oslo to Paris. He was booked to sail on Monday. The band was booked to play at the reception.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After reading his book, Roselyn suggested the family try agreeing to disagree. Tanzina Vega, Fortune, 9 Oct. 2021 Using data to create smart products is one of the topics covered in depth in the second edition of my book Data Strategy – How to Profit From a World of Big Data, Analytics And Artificial Intelligence. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Co-authored with Katie Parla and out Nov. 19, his book provides a survey course in evaluating ingredients. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 At the same time, movie mogul Francis Ford Coppola wrested ownership of the original Inglenook estate, winery and brand name from the vestiges of corporate control, a story worthy of its own book, if not movie. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 In another chapter Sheldrake describes a plan to inoculate a copy of Entangled Life with oyster mushroom spores, then cook and eat the fungi that have eaten his book. Zoë Schlanger, The New York Review of Books, 7 Oct. 2021 In Scream 4, Sidney Prescott visits Woodsboro to promote her new book, while Ghostface returns to making ominous phone calls and committing multiple murders. Sarah Toscano,, 6 Oct. 2021 The 30-year-old model accused the singer of groping her in an excerpt from her upcoming debut book My Body. Vanessa Etienne,, 5 Oct. 2021 But substantial investments in Black businesses and families never came, as Baradaran points out in her book. Victor Luckerson, Wired, 5 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The consolidation was mostly to cut down on non-book inventory like magazines, records, gifts and used DVDs, not because of pandemic distress. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Sep. 2021 Visitors must pre-book tickets and follow Covid-19 safety precautions. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021 Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, for example, signed an $8 million multi-book deal with Macmillan Publishers in 2017. Madeline Berg, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Plan your parking: The MSP website allows travelers to pre-book parking in the Terminal 1 or 2 ramps. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 There's an extra perk for spring break travelers: Through March 26, people who pre-book Terminal 1 daily parking will save $7 a day. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 The seats are not available to pre-book and will only be made available at the airport check-in counter ahead of flight departure. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 The Broward County Public Library Foundation’s biggest event of the year is the Literary Feast, but the organization plans book events year-round. Oline H. Cogdill,, 25 Nov. 2019 Friends book sale The Friends of the Milpitas Library will host a book sale Sept. 27-29 in the library’s auditorium. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 23 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To take advantage of the annual sale, travelers must book a stay from Oct. 21 through April 30, 2022. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 11 Oct. 2021 Travelers can book the open-car experience, dubbed Pullman Dining by Wes Anderson, or the private Pullman Coupe by Wes Anderson. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2021 In the Bay Area, those eligible for boosters can book appointments through their health provider, at pharmacies like CVS or Walgreens, and through county health clinics. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Oct. 2021 Travelers can book the exclusive James Bond package here, starting at $2,640 for a three-night stay. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The food and cocktail menu – not unlike the vibe – is hush-hush, and owner Ryan Lavernia doesn’t plan to advertise it, but customers can now book timed-seating reservations on its website. Phillip Valys,, 22 Sep. 2021 Sponsor also will book two hours of studio time for the Grand Prize Winner to record an audio single in a professional recording studio in a location to be agreed upon by Sponsor and Grand Prize Winner. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 22 Sep. 2021 Travelers must book on Alaska's website using the discount code BOGOTIME. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, 18 Sep. 2021 Mm2 will book a loss of S$84.7 million, representing the difference between the sale proceeds and the previous valuation of mm2 Connect in mm2 Asia’s accounts. Patrick Frater, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of book


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1807, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for book

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

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

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The first known use of book was before the 12th century

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12 Oct 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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



English Language Learners Definition of book (Entry 2 of 3)

: learned from reading books and not from experience



English Language Learners Definition of book (Entry 3 of 3)

: 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)


\ ˈbu̇k How to pronounce book (audio) \

Kids Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a set of sheets of paper bound together
2 : a long written work a book about birds
3 : a large division of a written work the books of the Bible
4 : a pack of small items bound together a book of matches
5 : the records of a business's accounts often used in pl. a credit on the books


booked; booking

Kids Definition of book (Entry 2 of 2)

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



Legal Definition of book

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a record of a business's financial transactions or financial condition often used in pl. the books show a profit
3 : the bets registered by a bookmaker also : the business or activity of giving odds and taking bets


transitive verb

Legal Definition of book (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (an arrested person) undergo booking

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