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book

noun
 
 
/bʊk/
[C] a set of pages in a cover that you read or write in: book about/on sth She is author of three books about criminal procedure. The company publishes an extensive range of books. children's/reference/self-help books an address book
books [plural] ACCOUNTING the written records of money that a business has spent or received: At the end of the year, the accountant goes over the books. John kept the books and helped her run her business. →  See also appointment book , bankbook , the Beige Book , the Blue Book , cash received book , duplicate book , log book , minute book , order book , paying-in book , plat book , purchase book , rule book , sales day book , sales returns book , statutory book
go by the book ( also do sth by the book) to do something exactly as the rules tells you: My lawyer always goes strictly by the book. This is a private deal - we don't have to do everything by the book.
on the books employed by a company or officially belonging to an organization: There are 256 people on the books at the cement works. Carla is on the books of a modelling agency.
(Definition of book noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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