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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books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 In the book’s early chapters, Theroux sets out on a journey from South Africa to Timbuktu, stirred by nostalgia for his 1963 Peace Corps stint in Malawi. Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, "These epic travel disasters will take the edge off your wanderlust," 10 July 2020 The stories in the book are largely not new but are instead reincarnations of old familiar tales. New York Times, "CoLM toibin," 8 July 2020 Bolton paints an unflattering picture of Mr. Trump in the book and accuses the president of putting his own political interest ahead of the country's. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Bolton defends Libya comments: "One day the president will learn a little history"," 5 July 2020 Another idea is to write a postcard from the perspective of a character in the book. National Geographic, "Summer trips canceled? Keep kids inspired with crafty DIY postcards," 2 July 2020 Bolton paints Trump in the book as ignorant, easily manipulated by foreign leaders and unfit for office. Time, "John Bolton: It's ‘Remarkable’ Trump Says He Wasn’t Briefed About Russia's Reported U.S. Troop Bounties," 28 June 2020 The best argument that Cote’s formula can achieve the dual objectives in the book’s title is its spectacular success at Honeywell. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Former Honeywell CEO David Cote just wrote one of the best guides ever on how to lead a company," 25 June 2020 From celebrated restaurants and book-ready beaches to renowned museums and starlit campsites, these destinations have something to make everyone in your road-tripping party equally eager to arrive. Nicole Schnitzler, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Weekend Getaways From Chicago," 24 June 2020 In the book, Marshall uses her experiences to give tips and instructions on how to tap protocol rules to get ahead. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Protocol chief’s rules for Zoom nation," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, 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 Customers are encouraged to turn up to their appointment on time and late arrivals may have to book another appointment. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "I Had My First Post-Lockdown Haircut — Here’s Everything You Need To Know," 14 July 2020 Starting later this month, fishing trips will be available to book – two-hour excursions with five guests per boat at Grand Marina. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA players in Disney World will be able to experience perks like Expedition Everest, golf courses and boating trips," 10 July 2020 City residents can finally book appointments to have their nails painted or to have unwanted hairs removed. Michael Gold, New York Times, "N.Y.C. Reopening: Dog Runs and Manicures, but Still No Indoor Dining," 6 July 2020 Police put her in the back seat of a patrol car and headed to the city detention center, about 8 miles away, to book her on outstanding warrants. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "After Police Oversight Board investigation stalls, family of Diamond Ross, who died in DPD custody, sues the city," 26 June 2020 But starting Friday, guests have the ability to book a room and can starting Saturday night. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "Westin Cadillac Book Hotel to reopen for booking rooms starting Saturday," 26 June 2020 On June 26, the system will open to annual passholders, and on June 28 guests with theme park tickets who are staying at a non-Disney property will be able to book reservations. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "Disney World Reservations Are Now Available," 22 June 2020 Airbnb’s research found visitors book their Cannon Beach getaway at least two months before their trip. oregonlive, "Oregon Airbnbs with a pool let you make a splash, stay cool," 10 July 2020 Poring over picture postcards, or suppressing the urge to book a plane ticket? Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, "These epic travel disasters will take the edge off your wanderlust," 10 July 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

31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/book. Accessed 11 Aug. 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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