book

noun
\ ˈbu̇k \

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 4b) 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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books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 \ noun

Verb

bookable \ ˈbu̇-​kə-​bəl \ 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

To name a few highlights, she's starred in her own HGTV show, launched a massive business that turned Waco, Texas into a major tourist destination, designed a home decor line with Target, and even wrote a design book. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Has A Brilliant Secret For Getting Kids To Share A Bedroom," 26 Dec. 2018 How did the idea to write a book about them come about? Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "What Was the Best Gift Audrey Hepburn Ever Gave?," 11 Dec. 2018 For carrying my books, magazines and laptop, this InCase backpack just had its five-year anniversary of not letting me down. Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Wear On a Flight, According to Our Editors," 19 Oct. 2018 Gillibrand has made a point of promoting women’s empowerment in public life and is out with a new children’s book celebrating leaders of the suffrage movement. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Marie Claire's virtual community of book lovers who may not have the time to attend a book club IRL. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Why Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' Is Required Reading," 1 Jan. 2019 Photographer Peter Steinhauer’s book Cocoons beautifully captures rising towers wrapped in monochromatic construction scrims. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 And as fans of the book series know, John plays a central role in Lana's list of crushes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” Sequel Is Officially Happening at Netflix," 19 Dec. 2018 Libraries and book stores around the country have held programs in which men in drag read stories to children. Fox News, "Library moves 'Drag Queen Story Time' to bigger venue," 28 Sep. 2018

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

The apps examined, which include the language study guide Duolingo and the travel-booking giant Kayak, were built using the open-source Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK). Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "There's a Whole Web of Popular Apps Sending Your Data Off to Facebook," 2 Jan. 2019 His Snohomish County booking information states an affiliation with the Aryan Brotherhood. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Bucolic’ Whidbey Island surprised at skinhead headlines — and recent Lynnwood assault," 31 Dec. 2018 In September, SoftBank led a $1 billion investment in hotel-booking startup OYO Hotels. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "India Overtakes China as Favored Target for Corporate Deals," 25 Dec. 2018 The woman with the iPad politely tells him the restaurant is fully booked but directs him to the website for a future reservation. Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "What It's Like to Eat at Noma, One of the World’s Most Famous Restaurants," 21 Dec. 2018 All three have had restrictions put in place on things like booking travel and hotels. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future CEO’s long trail of debt is finally catching up to him," 8 Dec. 2018 Like its Jump bikes, nearby scooters can be booked before users get close enough to unlock them, and if, on the way to retrieve a vehicle, another scooter shows up that’s closer, the app will let riders switch. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber launches electric scooter service," 3 Oct. 2018 The War and Treaty has a summer's worth of shows booked, including a stop at the Newport Folk Festival on July 29, and recently recorded a live album and video during a pair of Detroit-area shows. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The War and Treaty Get Real About Relationships on 'Are You Ready to Love Me?': Premiere," 12 July 2018 The new accounting rule focuses primarily on how and when companies book revenue. Michael Rapoport, WSJ, "What Amazon Isn’t Telling Investors About Its Revenue," 22 Dec. 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 \

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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