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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books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

Despite its aspirations, the book is more effective at using economics to explain the music industry than vice versa. The Economist, "What the music industry reveals about economics," 21 June 2019 Although this book is definitely a mystery, its structure is unusual. Carolyn Kellogg, Washington Post, "Kate Atkinson’s dreamy detective returns, and his first case is a tangle of sex and lies," 20 June 2019 As mysterious as the plot is, the book is no thriller and has a purposefully slow pace. Delfina Barbiero, USA TODAY, "Randy Ribay's moving 'Patron Saints of Nothing' a YA tale of grief, Philippine drug war," 19 June 2019 The most famous book of the series is, of course, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, which is a not-so-subtle Christian allegory. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Netflix to Adapt C.S. Lewis's Beloved Chronicles of Narnia Series," 19 June 2019 The books are available for purchase and signing. 6 p.m. chicagotribune.com, "Calendar: Play-Doh playdate Thursday in Lake Forest," 18 June 2019 Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again. The Reader's Catalog, "Cocktail Napkins for Readers," 17 June 2019 Ultimately, this book is a case study in how the party has managed to keep itself in power, and how the current leadership functions. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, "China’s ‘Black Week-end’," 17 June 2019 The book’s message was simple: Don’t be fooled by prevailing opinion, and don’t extend trend lines into the future. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be," 16 June 2019

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

Derrick Kinchen, 26, of Marrero was booked Thursday (June 6) with two counts of first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, according to arrest reports. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "Marrero man accused of killing two, wounding two more on same day in Harvey," 8 June 2019 The rides can be booked on demand or up to five days ahead of time, said the person, who asked not to be identified. oregonlive.com, "Look out, New York City: Uber Copter is coming soon," 8 June 2019 Valenzuela also was booked on a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2 arrested in April deadly fight at park in Lincoln Park," 7 June 2019 Mr Golunov has been booked on charges of selling narcotics, carrying a potential 10- to 20-year sentence. The Economist, "A journalist’s arrest is a worrying sign of impunity in Russia," 7 June 2019 The rides can be booked on demand or up to five days ahead of time, said the person, who asked not to be identified. Hailey Waller, Fortune, "Coming Soon: Uber to Offer Helicopter Rides In New York City," 6 June 2019 Billy Southammavong, 19, was booked in to the Mobile Metro Jail Thursday afternoon after being indicted by a grand jury in the death of then 18-year-old Gaige Taylor. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Teenage brother of convicted Mobile murderer faces same charge for 2017 stabbing," 6 June 2019 He was booked at the Harris County Jail in Houston over the weekend and released on bond. Nathan Mattise And Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Defense Distributed’s new era—Cody Wilson resigns, former arts professional steps in," 25 Sep. 2018 After a Twitter outcry, he and fellow violinist Nick Kendall were booked on a later flight. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Zach De Pue leaves after more than a decade," 27 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, 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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