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: on the records outdated laws that are still on the books



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


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


bookful \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce book (audio) \ noun


bookable \ ˈbu̇-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce book (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 On a weekday, Moss Park presents a quiet place for hiking or sitting and reading a book. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida Fresh Air: Moss Park provides hiking, camping, lakefront views," 23 Apr. 2021 The New York Times Magazine and Cynthia Ozick’s glowing review of the book for The New York Times Book Review. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Blake Bailey Fiasco Implicates Everyone," 23 Apr. 2021 Bahrani, who also now teaches film production at Columbia, was nominated for both a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award and an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of the book. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "How ‘The White Tiger’ became a surprise hit on Netflix," 22 Apr. 2021 Taking a warm bath or shower, reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or doing light stretches are all good options. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Poor sleep nearly doubles risk of sexual dysfunction in women, study says," 21 Apr. 2021 Sam imagined sitting in the nook, gazing at the fire, reading a book. Dana Spiotta, Vogue, "Old House, New Life: An Excerpt from Dana Spiotta’s Forthcoming Novel, Wayward," 20 Apr. 2021 Since its publication in 1969, more than 54 million copies of the book have sold globally, and it has been published in over 70 languages. al, "Penguin Young Readers partners with Birmingham Zoo for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storywalk," 20 Apr. 2021 Tracy in the hospital was the hardest part of the book. Dallas News, "In ‘Paris Without Her,’ Gregory Curtis mourns the loss of his wife and learns to travel alone," 14 Apr. 2021 In February, it was announced that America Ferrera had signed on to direct the film adaptation of the book, which will be her feature film directorial debut. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Patents to Modern Art in Iran," 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, for example, signed an $8 million multi-book deal with Macmillan Publishers in 2017. Madeline Berg, Forbes, "The Political Memoir Payouts Continue: How Mike Pence’s Multimillion-Dollar Book Deal About Trump Years Stacks Up," 9 Apr. 2021 Plan your parking: The MSP website allows travelers to pre-book parking in the Terminal 1 or 2 ramps. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Spring break flight? Tips for saving cash, navigating MSP in a busy season," 5 Mar. 2021 There's an extra perk for spring break travelers: Through March 26, people who pre-book Terminal 1 daily parking will save $7 a day. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Spring break flight? Tips for saving cash, navigating MSP in a busy season," 5 Mar. 2021 The seats are not available to pre-book and will only be made available at the airport check-in counter ahead of flight departure. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Emirates Introduces $55 Option to Book Empty Seat Next to You," 1 Mar. 2021 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,, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Time to book your imaginary plane ticket and gather some beauty inspiration from your neighbors, both near and far. Allure Editors, Allure, "16 Best-Selling Beauty Products From Around the World," 22 Apr. 2021 Beyond the informative and tasty experience in the suite and on the water, guests who book the package the first weekend of each month between June and October will receive a complimentary Maine lobster delivery from MLMC. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "This Hotel in Maine’s Most Charming Town Has an Over-the-top Lobster-themed Suite," 19 Apr. 2021 Some employers, like Google, are offering a bonus vacation day for those who book time off now. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "The Latest Workplace Perk: Cash Bonuses for Taking Vacations," 9 Apr. 2021 All passengers who book sailings with embarkation dates through Oct. 31 will be required to be fully vaccinated and to be tested ahead of boarding. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "Norwegian Cruise Line will resume sailing in Europe, Caribbean in late July," 6 Apr. 2021 In nearby Greenville, the Rev. Thomas Morris uses his weekly Zoom sermons to assuage the concerns of vaccine skeptics — and then offers up church volunteers who book appointments for the flip phone set. New York Times, "‘All Hands on Deck’: When Vaccinating Black People Is a Communal Effort," 28 Mar. 2021 For flexcationers who want to mix work with play, offer a discount for guests who book a month or more. Dennis Klett, Forbes, "Incorporating Flexcations Into Your Vacation Rental Strategy," 18 Mar. 2021 Early reservations will lock in the certainty of a parking spot, save $2 per day for those who book at least 24 hours ahead, and ensure a contactless transaction. Kerri Westenberg, Star Tribune, "Spring break flight? Tips for saving cash, navigating MSP in a busy season," 5 Mar. 2021 Appointments book up fast, especially with so many being eligible at the same time. Peter Steckler, Bon Appétit, "A Lot of Things Are Changing Now That We’ve Got the Vaccine," 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of book


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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27 Apr 2021

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“Book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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



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)


\ 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


booked; booking

Kids Definition of book (Entry 2 of 2)

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



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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