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 plural the 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

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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books

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 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

tome, volume

Synonyms: Verb

bespeak, reserve

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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 spite of state law, there was a federal statute put on the books during the Reagan Administration back in the late 1980s that requires certain employers to test for marijuana as a prerequisite to employment. Mike Adams, chicagotribune.com, "End of pre-employment drug testing doesn’t mean you can’t still be fired for marijuana," 16 Aug. 2019 Showtime is in development on a Gormenghast fantasy drama based on the books by author Mergyn Peake, EW has learned. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Gormenghast fantasy TV series with Neil Gaiman heads to Showtime," 15 Aug. 2019 For most states, however, no decades-old law was on the books to prevent a plastic ban. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "See the complicated landscape of plastic bans in the U.S.," 15 Aug. 2019 Amid a growing trend of domestic terror attacks in the United States, Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally wants legislation on the books that makes such acts of violence a federal crime. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Arizona's Martha McSally pens bill to make domestic terrorism a federal offense," 14 Aug. 2019 Adam Skaggs, chief counsel to the gun control advocacy group Giffords, said that an individual making credible terrorist threats could be disarmed under statutes in existing red flag laws on the books in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "White nationalists could have firearms taken under red flag law proposed by Kamala Harris," 14 Aug. 2019 The Family is a Netflix miniseries based on two books by the investigative journalist Jeff Sharlet. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Family’s Big Secret Is Hiding in Plain Sight," 14 Aug. 2019 But Zimmer has said Bower, on the books to make $645,000 in 2019, will not be docked any salary. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Tashawn Bower optimistic about returning this season after suffering torn Achilles in March," 13 Aug. 2019 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — based on the children's books series of the same name and directed by André Øvredal — is in theaters Friday. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Lana Del Rey Releases 'Season of the Witch' Cover for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark — Listen," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

Hector Ochoa, who uses a power wheelchair, has booked four Lyft trips since the pilot launched July 9, traveling round trip between East Los Angeles and Downey. Los Angeles Times, "Lyft joins Uber in offering ride-hailing services to wheelchair users in L.A. County," 1 Aug. 2019 In addition to showing off her fashion-forward looks on social media, Lori has booked some high-profile modeling gigs. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Everything to Know about Lori Harvey, Steve Harvey's Daughter and Diddy's Rumored Girlfriend," 26 July 2019 German railways Deutsche Bahn said passengers who had booked tickets for Thursday or Friday and wanted to delay their trips could do so without charge. Anchorage Daily News, "Europe melts under Sahara heat wave, smashes heat records," 26 July 2019 German railways Deutsche Bahn said passengers who had booked tickets for Thursday or Friday and wanted to delay their trips could do so without charge. Kirsten Grieshaber, chicagotribune.com, "Europe’s heat wave: It was 108.7 degrees in Paris on Thursday. Since measurements began, Belgium has never had a hotter day.," 25 July 2019 Colbert had also booked Fox News anchor Chris Wallace as a guest on Wednesday night. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Late-night hosts react to Robert Mueller's congressional testimony," 25 July 2019 Jail records show she had been booked there before, in 2014 and in 2015. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Louisiana woman charged with murder after bringing dead daughter to hospital," 24 July 2019 In fact, as of Wednesday, only three Americans had officially booked their tickets to Tokyo: open-water swimmers Haley Anderson, Ashley Twichell and Jordan Wilimovsky. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "'It's now or never': US athletes ready for final push a year out from 2020 Summer Olympics," 24 July 2019 Officials said Brownridge was arrested Tuesday around 10:30 a.m. Brownridge has not yet been booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Arrest made in Over-the-Rhine killing," 23 July 2019

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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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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 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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