book meaning

[ buk ] Pronunciation:   "book" in a sentence
  • Noun: book  bûk
    1. A written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
      "I am reading a good book on economics" 
    2. Physical objects consisting of a number of pages bound together
      "he used a large book as a doorstop"
      - volume 
    3. A compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone
      "his name is in all the record books"
      - record, record book 
    4. A written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
      - script, playscript 
    5. A record in which commercial accounts are recorded
      "they got a subpoena to examine our books"
      - ledger, leger, account book, book of account 
    6. A collection of playing cards satisfying the rules of a card game 
    7. 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 
    8. A major division of a long written composition
      "the book of Isaiah" 
    9. A number of sheets (ticket or stamps etc.) bound together on one edge
      "he bought a book of stamps"
    Verb: book  bûk
    1. Engage for a performance
      "Her agent had booked her for several concerts in Tokyo" 
    2. Arrange for and reserve (something for someone else) in advance
      "The agent booked tickets to the show for the whole family"
      - reserve, hold 
    3. Record a charge in a police register
      "The policeman booked her when she tried to solicit a man" 
    4. Register in a hotel booker
    Noun: Book
    1. The sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina
      - Koran, Quran, al-Qur'an 
    2. 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

  • [American slang]
    in. to study.
    • I gotta book. Bye.
    • I hate to book all night.

  • [British slang]
    Adj. Cool, excellent. Teen and adolescence vernacular, derived from the first choice of words offered on a mobile phone (cellphone) when texting the word cool with predictive text . [2000s]

  • [Business]
    noun, verb

    noun [C]



    a document that forms an official record or list:

    a chequebook

    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:

    an e-book

    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.



    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

  • [Economics]
    1) The totality of the purchases and sales that make up a trader's position. The terms long book, short book, and open book are used synonymously with long position, short position, and open position.


    making a book.

    2) To find purchasers for a new issue.

    3) To record an item in the accounts, usually a sale.

    4) Short for book value.

  • [Finance]
    A banker or trader's positions.


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  1. the police seized various books and tapes.
  2. her books have gone off in recent years.
  3. her brother shut himself up among books.
  4. you can read this book in one sitting.
  5. the book does not say where he was born.

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