Noun: book bûk
Verb: book bûk
- A written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
"I am reading a good book on economics"
- Physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
"he used a large book as a doorstop"
- A compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
"his name is in all the record books"
- record, record book
- A written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
- script, playscript
- A record in which commercial accounts are recorded
"they got a subpoena to examine our books"
- ledger, leger, account book, book of account
- A collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game
- A collection of rules or prescribed standards on the basis of which decisions are made
"they run things by the book around here"
- rule book
- A major division of a long written composition
"the book of Isaiah"
- A number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
"he bought a book of stamps"
- Engage for a performance
"Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo"
- Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
"The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"
- reserve, hold
- Record a charge in a police register
"The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man"
- Register in a hotel booker
- The sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
- Koran, Quran, al-Qur'an
- The sacred writings of the Christian religions
- Bible, Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Word
Derived forms: booked, books, booking
See also: bookable, booker, booking, booklet
Type of: accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, bespeak, call for, collection, dramatic composition, dramatic work, enter, fact, product, production, publication, put down, quest, record, register, religious text, religious writing, request, sacred text, sacred writing, schedule, section, subdivision
Part of: text, textual matter
Encyclopedia: Book Book, and Candle Bell
■ noun [C]
APPOINTMENT BOOK, BANK BOOK, BLUE BOOK, CASH BOOK, DOUBLE-BOOK, LOGBOOK, MINUTE BOOK, OFF-THE-BOOK, ORDER BOOK, PAYING-IN BOOK, PHONE BOOK, RULE BOOK, RUN OF BOOK, TRANSFER BOOK, YELLOW BOOK
a document that forms an official record or list:
a phone book (= a list of the names, addresses and telephone numbers of people and businesses)
a piece of writing published in printed or electronic form:
She is the author of a book on career management.
3 (Commerce ; Finance )
a list of clients and/or investments that a person or a company looks after:
You will learn the skills required to manage a book of accounts for one or more pension funds.
by the book
following rules and instructions in a very strict way:
Doing things by the book doesn't always work in the real world.
⇨ THROW, ⇨ BOOKS
1 [+ obj or no obj] (especially BrE)
to arrange with a hotel, restaurant, etc. to have a room, table, seat, etc. on a particular date:
I'd like to book a table for six for 8 o'clock tonight.
I'm sorry-we're fully booked.
2 [+ obj]
to arrange for sb to have a seat on a plane:
Can you book me on the 6 o'clock flight?
3 (Accounting ) [+ obj]
to record or show sth in a company's accounts:
Last year the company booked a $150 million gain.
book in/into sth
to arrive at a hotel and arrange to stay there:
I arrived at ten and booked straight into a hotel.
book sb in/into sth
to arrange for sb to have a room at a hotel