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book

noun \ ˈbu̇k \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of book

1 a :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
f :magazine 4a
g :e-book
2 capitalized :bible 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
4 a (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
5 a :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
6 a 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 4b) and taking bets
9 card games :the number of tricks (see 1trick 4) a cardplayer or side must win before any trick can have scoring value

bookful

play \ˈbu̇k-ˌfu̇l\ noun
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  • outdated laws that are still on the books

Examples of book in a Sentence

  1. The shelves in his office are filled with books.

  2. That's one of the best books I've read in a long time.

  3. a novelist who has written some wonderful books

  4. The library has many dictionaries and other reference books.

  5. the books of the Bible

  6. a story that is told in the Book of Job

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Origin and Etymology of book

Middle English, from Old English bōc; akin to Old High German buoh book, Goth boka letter


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book

adjective

Definition of book

1 :derived from books (see 1book 1) and not from practical experience
  • book learning
2 accounting :shown by ledgers
  • book assets

Examples of book in a Sentence

  1. His schooling provided him with extensive book knowledge.

  2. She had plenty of book learning but no hands-on experience.

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Origin and Etymology of book

see 1book


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book

verb

Definition of book

transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a 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.

bookable

play \ˈbu̇-kə-bəl\ adjective, chiefly British

booker

noun

Examples of book in a Sentence

  1. They booked two seats at the theater.

  2. They booked tickets for a direct flight from London to New York.

  3. I booked a table at our favorite restaurant.

  4. She booked through her travel agent.

  5. We will need to book early.

  6. She booked me on a flight from Oslo to Paris.

  7. He was booked to sail on Monday.

  8. The band was booked to play at the reception.

Recent Examples of book from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of book

see 1book

book Synonyms

Synonyms
bespeak, reserve
Antonyms
arrive, come, show up, turn up
Related Words
earmark; contract, engage, hire, retain
Near Antonyms
abide, dwell, lodge, remain, settle, stay, tarry; approach, close, near; hit, land, reach

BOOK Defined for English Language Learners

book

noun

Definition of book for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of book for English Language Learners

  • : learned from reading books and not from experience


book

verb

Definition of book for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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book

noun \ ˈbu̇k \

Definition of book for Students

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

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book

verb

Definition of book for Students

booked; booking
:to reserve for future use
  • He booked rooms at the hotel.

Law Dictionary

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book

noun

legal Definition of book

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

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book

transitive verb

legal Definition of book

:to make (an arrested person) undergo booking


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