book Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “book” in the English Dictionary

"book" in British English

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booknoun

uk   us   /bʊk/

book noun (TEXT)

A1 [C] a written ​text that can be ​published in ​printed or ​electronicform: Have you ​read any good books ​recently? He has a new book out (= ​published). She ​wrote a book oncarmaintenance.A1 [C] a set of ​pages that have been ​fastened together inside a ​cover to be ​read or written in: a hardback/paperback book I took a book with me to ​read on the ​plane. He writes all his ​expenses in a little book he ​carries with him. [C] one of the ​parts that a very ​long book, such as the Bible, is ​divided into: the book of Job
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book noun (IN COVER)

C2 [C] a ​number of one ​type of thing ​fastened together ​flat inside a ​cover: a book ofstamps/​tickets/​matches

book noun (MONEY RECORD)

books [plural] the written ​records of ​money that a ​business has ​spent or ​received: At the end of the ​year, the ​accountant goes over (= ​checks) the books. Running a ​school is much more of a ​business than it used to be, - by ​law we have to balanceour books. [S] the ​situation in which a bookmakeraccepts and ​pays out ​amounts of ​money that are ​risked on a ​particularresult: They've already opened/​started a book on the ​result of the next World Cup.

bookverb

uk   us   /bʊk/

book verb (ARRANGE)

A2 [T or I] to ​arrange to have a ​seat, ​room, ​performer, etc. at a ​particulartime in the ​future: [+ two objects] I've booked us two ​tickets to ​see "Carmen"/I've booked two ​tickets for us to ​see "Carmen". She'd booked a ​table for four at ​theirfavouriterestaurant. Will booked a ​seat on the ​eveningflight to Los Angeles. We were ​advised to book early if we ​wanted to get a ​room. They booked a ​jazzband for ​theirwedding. The ​hotel/​restaurant/​theatre is fully booked (up) (= all the ​rooms/​tables/​tickets have been taken). I'd like to go but I'm booked up (= I have ​arranged to do other things) until the ​weekend.
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book verb (MAKE A RECORD)

[T] If a ​policeofficer, referee, etc. books someone, they write down the person's ​name in an ​officialrecord because they have done something ​wrong: A ​footballplayer who is booked ​twice in a ​game is ​sent off the ​field. My ​grandmother was booked forspeeding last ​week.
(Definition of book from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"book" in American English

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booknoun [C]

 us   /bʊk/

book noun [C] (TEXT)

an ​object consisting of a ​number of ​pages of ​text or ​picturesfastened together along one ​edge and ​fixed inside two ​covers: The artist’s ​sketch books ​filled several ​shelves. A book is also a ​number of ​similaritemsfastened together inside a ​cover: a book of ​matches/​stamps

bookverb

 us   /bʊk/

book verb (ARRANGE)

[I/T] to ​arrange to have the use of a ​seat, ​room, etc. at a ​particulartime in the ​future: [T] Our ​travelagent booked us on a ​flight to ​Paris. [I/T] Someone who books a ​performerarranges a ​performance: [T] They booked the Rolling Stones for two ​concerts in New York.

book verb (ACCUSE)

[T] to ​officiallyaccuse someone of a ​crime: Detectives booked him for ​resistingarrest.
(Definition of book from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"book" in Business English

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booknoun

uk   us   /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 ​criminalprocedure. 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.
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 ​privatedeal - 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 ​modellingagency.

bookverb

uk   us   /bʊk/
[I or T] mainly UK to ​arrange a ​place on a ​flight, a ​room in a ​hotel, a ​ticket for an ​event, etc. for a particular ​time in the future: Because ​tickets are ​limited, you have to book early.book a flight/holiday/show When he ​tried to book a ​flighthome to Australia, his ​creditcard was ​refused. book a ​table/​room/​seat.book an appointment/meeting If you want to see Ms. Smith you'll have to book an ​appointment.book sth for sth It's the day we have provisionally booked for the ​launch of the new ​mediawebsite.
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[T] ACCOUNTING to make a ​record of something in a company's ​accounts: The ​loss would have been much larger had they not booked an £8m profit from ​propertysales.book sth in sth Jarvis expects to be able to book some or all of that ​figure in the ​current year's ​accounts.
(Definition of book from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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