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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books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

For Mother’s Day, please don’t buy me a book about cleaning. Jules Barrueco, Glamour, "Moms Have Changed. It’s Time to Change Gifts for Them Too," 10 May 2019 The short video features Winnie the Pooh heading to Windsor Castle, to deliver a book to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their new baby son. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Were Given a Beautiful Gift From Disney for Their Son, Archie Harrison," 10 May 2019 The book follows the story of Cal and Leon, two sons of astronauts who fall for each other amid the drama of the world's first crewed mission to Mars. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "The Gravity of Us," 8 May 2019 There were various items in the room, like a weighted blanket, a rocking chair, and books. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Do Weighted Blankets Even Do Anything for Anxiety?," 7 May 2019 The basis of this off-the-books excursion revolves around Anna Kolcheck (Bar Paly), Callen’s ex-girlfriend who recently escaped from prison and is now in serious danger in Havana, Cuba. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Is Bringing Back Both of Callen's Ex-Girlfriends and It's Seriously Intense," 5 May 2019 Best-selling author Danielle Steel’s latest books are Silent Night, out now, and Blessing in Disguise, available May 7. Danielle Steel, Harper's BAZAAR, "Danielle Steele: A Fashion Love Story," 2 May 2019 If traveling is not possible, get lost in a book or a foreign film. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Libra Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 The art history books will now have to be rewritten. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "See This Record-Breaking Guggenheim Exhibit Before It’s Gone," 18 Apr. 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

For example, while Google showed how its Assistant can actually book a restaurant, Microsoft’s demo showed only that Cortana understood that a location had outdoor seating. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana concept demo portrays her as a smart, competent AI assistant for the office," 6 May 2019 Plan your time around these big races, and book an Airbnb or hotel early, because places fill up fast. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "5 Things You Must Do In Kentucky," 3 May 2019 Their officiant, Jesse Grice (who is also an Elvis impersonator) told TMZ that the Jonases booked the entire venue, the Little White Wedding Chapel, a week in advance. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Has Officially Changed Her Last Name to Jonas After Her Surprise Wedding," 2 May 2019 That’s why a new flight booking app, FlyGRN, aims to simplify the process—for free. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Book a Flight and This App Will Offset Your CO2 Emissions for Free," 1 May 2019 Amazon’s published rates appeared to be 4% to 5% below those on the trucking spot market, where companies book last-minute transportation, Citi analyst Christian Wetherbee said in a Monday research note. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Amazon’s Freight Push Rattles Logistics Sector," 30 Apr. 2019 From the premiere of Game of Thrones and booking a DJ for her wedding to getting into it over Tiger Woods, Hill takes us inside her podcast prep. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Jemele Hill Runs on Green Tea, Soap Operas, and Delta Diamond Status," 23 Apr. 2019 Eventually, Bionca tired of booking flights, cars and places to stay. Kristin Hanes, Good Housekeeping, "Why This Single Mom Sold Everything to Give Her Son an Epic Education on the Road," 18 Apr. 2019 Vogueworld Lolo Zouaï, the Rising French-Algerian Singer, Has a Real Knack for Thrifting When Lolo Zouaï’s team booked her first tour—a quick spin through Paris, London, Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles—she was convinced no one would show up. Vogue, "Lolo Zouaï, the Rising French-Algerian Singer, Has a Real Knack for Thrifting," 12 Apr. 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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