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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books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 Two hundred years ago, Fredric Accum became the first chemist to tabulate a list of food grievances into a book. Benjamin R. Cohen, Wired, "Your Food Isn’t ‘Natural’ and It Never Will Be," 8 Oct. 2020 These stories and more, told by former and current Grayslake residents, fill the pages of a new book, just published to celebrate the village’s 125th anniversary. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, "‘Darn close’ to living in Mayberry; Grayslake celebrates 125 years with new book of memories," 8 Oct. 2020 Ever since, Hoda has been a pretty open book, especially once the pair adopted their two daughters, Haley Joy and Hope Catherine. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Hoda Kotb and Her Fiancé Joel Schiffman Have Built an Incredible Family Together," 8 Oct. 2020 This definition was adopted in 1956, after Phillip Cagan published his seminal analysis of hyperinflation, which appeared in a book edited by Milton Friedman, Studies in the Quantity Theory of Money. Steve H. Hanke, National Review, "Hanke’s Inflation Dashboard: The Media’s Misreporting on Hyperinflation," 7 Oct. 2020 Curl up with a good e-book, thanks to sale at Amazon. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop today: Levi’s, Vizio, AeroGarden and more," 7 Oct. 2020 The Lithuanian writer Rūta Vanagaitė and Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Jerusalem office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, cowrote a book conceived as a collaboration between a relative of the perpetrators and a relative of the victims. Yuri Slezkine, The New York Review of Books, "Speak, Memory?," 6 Oct. 2020 Clearly, The Nature of Fear is a book for this moment. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, "Why We’re Afraid of Bats," 5 Oct. 2020 Rituals and ceremonies that today have been reduced to saying grace are what allowed our ancestors to overcome the shame of killing animals, Pollan writes in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, a book that Collins says changed the trajectory of his life. Dallas News, "Becoming a ‘conscious carnivore’: Texas bison harvest shows meat-eaters how to honor the animal," 5 Oct. 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 Travelers can book either the full itinerary or any of six two- to three-week-long legs of the trip. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Cunard's Iconic World Cruise Is Coming Back to Take You to 16 Countries in 2022," 28 Sep. 2020 But when Frigo tried to book the rental, the price suddenly doubled to roughly $700. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "What can you do about onerous travel fees? 'Consumers are at a disadvantage'," 12 Sep. 2020 The British press has recently been full of stories about symptomatic people who tried to book tests with the NHS but were told to visit entirely different parts of the country to get them—one as far as 600 miles away. David Meyer, Fortune, "As the U.K.’s coronavirus testing system struggles, the health secretary blames too many ‘inappropriate’ tests," 9 Sep. 2020 Police ultimately decided to book Blanchard with a crime that Louisiana law defines as using a gun to make a person fear being physically harmed. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "NOPD sergeant arrested after allegedly pointing gun at motorist during 'road-rage incident'," 4 Sep. 2020 Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders who book through the bank's online portal, for instance, can get up to 20 percent more value from their points. Erin Lowry, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Lazy Traveler's Guide to Points and Miles," 28 May 2020 Cardholders who book a two-night minimum stay at luxurious Waldorf Astoria and Conrad hotels are eligible for $100 in statement credits toward on-property charges like spa treatments, golf tee times, and restaurant bills. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Hotel Credit Cards That Guarantee a Free Night Every Year," 25 Sep. 2020 Residents can also book it for their own gatherings. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "New luxury apartment complex coming to West Chester," 25 Sep. 2020 Visitors must book in advance with their real names to facilitate contact-tracing. Washington Post, "‘Tis the season for travel in China. But virus fears cast a shadow over festivities.," 24 Sep. 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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11 Oct 2020

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“Book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/book. Accessed 21 Oct. 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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