book

noun
\ˈbu̇k \

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

f : magazine sense 1a

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 4b) 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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books

book

adjective

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

book

verb
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

Noun

bookful \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌfu̇l \ noun

Verb

bookable \ ˈbu̇-​kə-​bəl \ adjective chiefly British
booker noun

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

The series, based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler, wrapped its run in June with an average of 164,000 live-same-day viewers and mixed reviews among critics. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sweetbitter' Renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 The half-hour drama series is based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler. Joe Otterson, chicagotribune.com, "'Sweetbitter' renewed for Season 2 at Starz," 13 July 2018 From a colder-than-normal winter to a top 10 coldest April on record to the warmest May on the books, plants didn’t know which end was up. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 Julia O'Malley is working on a book at the Anchorage Museum about how Alaskans eat. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Halibut Olympia a little better than you remember," 12 July 2018 The film is based on a book by John Guy and directed by Josie Rourke. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Mary Queen of Scots," 12 July 2018 Also, without Johnson on Miami’s books, the Heat would need to move just one significant contract — instead of two — to carve out substantial cap space next summer, when Leonard, Thompson and Irving headline the free agent class. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Tyler Johnson contract creating challenges, and these interesting future options for Heat," 12 July 2018 But despite being on the books for more than a decade, the law is seldom enforced, the Dispatch reported last September. Benjamin Brown, Fox News, "Ohio has rarely used 2007 law that protects strippers: report," 12 July 2018 Ten more have Pre-Roe bans on the books that could, again, become the rule if Roe is overturned. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Will Kill Roe," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But even before all that leakage started, the Thrones fandom (especially book readers) have wondered for years if an ice dragon would finally appear. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Why Game of Thrones Fans Saw That Hideous Dragon Twist Coming," 20 Aug. 2017 But even before all that leakage started, the Thrones fandom (especially book readers) have wondered for years if an ice dragon would finally appear. Joanna Robinson, vanityfair.com, "Why Game of Thrones Fans Saw That Hideous Dragon Twist Coming," 20 Aug. 2017 But the deal could help American capture more traffic between the United States and China through arrangements like code sharing, an industry term for a partnership that allows two airlines to more easily book passengers on each other’s flights. Neil Gough, New York Times, "American Airlines Buys China Southern Stake as Traffic Booms," 27 Mar. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

No word yet on whether any of the girls in the show have been booked for the upcoming Paris Fashion Week. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "North West Just Made Her Runway Debut—and Kim Kardashian Was Front Row," 23 Sep. 2018 The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release that Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail and that the investigation is ongoing. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Reports of pepper-spray projectile use concern Dallas chief," 12 Sep. 2018 Afterwards, she was taken to the Ventura County Main Jail and booked for two misdemeanor counts of battery on a police officer or emergency personnel. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Heather Locklear Will Seek Treatment for Substance Abuse & Mental Health in Long-Term Facility: Source," 30 June 2018 The federal authorities also arrested Romero’s brother, Abel Biero Romero, who was present at the time of the raid and booked on state drug charges, records show. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Three men nabbed in fentanyl trafficking ring that stretched from R.I. to Lawrence," 28 June 2018 The indictment was filed June 14, and McConnell, 68, was taken into custody and booked into the Greene County jail Wednesday. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Grand jury indicts Missouri fire chief for statutory sodomy, rape," 21 June 2018 Wochit The man shot on Tuesday by Mesa police during a pursuit was released from the hospital and booked on several charges Wednesday, officials said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Man shot by Mesa officer released from hospital​​​​​​​, faces multiple charges," 20 June 2018 Attitudes toward the sharing economy may be cooling just as the summer travel season heats up, with more vacationers preferring to stay in a hotel, rent a car or take mass transi, and book the whole trip with a human travel agent. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Are travelers cooling to the sharing economy?," 17 June 2018 Valenzuela was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of possession of an assault weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a magazine among other charges. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "It was supposed to be a routine felon check. Then officers found the sub machine guns.," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of book

Noun

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

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for book

Noun

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

Adjective

see book entry 1

Verb

see book entry 1

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book

noun

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

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

book

adjective

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

: learned from reading books and not from experience

book

verb

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)

book

noun
\ˈbu̇k \

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

book

verb
booked; booking

Kids Definition of book (Entry 2 of 2)

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

book

noun

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

Legal Definition of book (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (an arrested person) undergo booking

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