book

noun
\ 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 pluralthe books show a profit
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
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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books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

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 inwent 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 How to pronounce bookful (audio) \ noun

Verb

bookable \ ˈbu̇-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce bookable (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 Castañeda’s book is short on storytelling and anecdotes and long on wonky policy musings. Alfredo Corchado, Washington Post, "What’s gone wrong in America? An outsider explains.," 3 July 2020 This book is filled with helpful illustrations and photography. oregonlive, "7 summer reads to inspire gardeners: The Pecks," 3 July 2020 In court filings Thursday night, Mary Trump and her attorneys said blocking the book would be unconstitutional. Sara Murray, CNN, "Mary Trump surfaces in written testimony as fight over publication of her book rages on," 3 July 2020 The newest adaptation of the popular book series by Ann M. Martin arrives on the streamer July 3. Radhika Marya, Fortune, "What to watch this July Fourth weekend on Disney+, Netflix, and more," 3 July 2020 There are plenty of other sites offering free book downloads, too. 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Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "December book events: Jewish humor, Mar-a-Lago history and hermit crab poetry," 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, "Milpitas community briefs for the week of Sept. 27," 23 Sep. 2019 Friends book sale The Friends of the Campbell Library’s monthly sale is set for Sept. 14 and features new and used fiction, nonfiction, history books, comics, art books, cookbooks, children’s books and collectibles. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Campbell community briefs for the week of Sept. 6," 6 Sep. 2019 As easy as book report research has become, don’t expect Google to give your child the full picture of adolescence. Washington Post, "How to talk to tweens about body odor (without making it awkward)," 25 July 2019 Friends book sale The Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library are holding a July 20 sale of thousands of books, movies and music CDs. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Sunnyvale community briefs for the week of July 19," 14 July 2019 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 Potential adopters would sometimes book every appointment time within hours of opening the schedule, said Michael Morefield, AAWL's marketing and communications director. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19," 6 July 2020 Airbnb’s research found visitors book their Cannon Beach getaway at least two months before their trip. oregonlive, "Getaways with a wedding theme: Say ‘I do’ or honeymoon here," 3 July 2020 So, for example, a passenger banned on Delta can still book a flight on American and vice versa. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Airlines follow through on threat to ban passengers who don't wear masks," 25 June 2020 Read on for 31 hair colors to try this summer, and get ready to book an appointment. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The Best Summer Hair Colors to Try Now," 24 June 2020 Try everything from stand up paddle boarding to coconut husking, or just book a traditional Hawaiian Lomilomi healing massage with deep kneading at the enormous spa. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020 Ownership intended to book lots of events in the building, but so far baseball hasn’t been among them. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Play ball: All signs point to inaugural season at Globe Life Field as MLB plans 60-game slate," 23 June 2020 Back in the '60s, Hall's father - late great producer, songwriter and studio mastermind Rick Hall - had the foresight to book a photographer for major sessions. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "How Muscle Shoals music Meccas are surviving and reopening," 23 June 2020 The lighthouse was built in the early 1890s and the cottage was recently converted to an upscale B&B—book the Lightkeeper’s Room for the best view of the lighthouse itself. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020

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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, 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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Last Updated

7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/book. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for book

book

noun
How to pronounce book (audio)

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

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 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

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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