Meaning of “bookkeeping” in the English Dictionary

"bookkeeping" in English

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bookkeepingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbʊkˌkiː.pɪŋ/ us /ˈbʊkˌkiː.pɪŋ/
noun [ C ] uk /ˈbʊkˌkiː.pər/ us /ˈbʊkˌkiː.pɚ/

Examples from literature

  • A thorough and comprehensive system of bookkeeping and accounting was installed. 
  • At first Albert made almost no mistakes in his bookkeeping, was almost painfully careful. 
  • It is simply a matter of arithmetic and bookkeeping. 
  • She has a choice among stenography, bookkeeping, and machine operating. 
  • They taught bookkeeping and some of the fundamental principles of commercial transactions. 

(Definition of “bookkeeping” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bookkeeping" in American English

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bookkeepingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈbʊkˌki·pɪŋ/

the job or activity of keeping a record of money spent or received by a business or other organization

noun [ C ] us /ˈbʊkˌki·pər/

A good bookkeeper does careful work.

(Definition of “bookkeeping” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bookkeeping" in Business English

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bookkeepingnoun [ U ]

also book-keeping uk /ˈbʊkˌkiːpɪŋ/ us ACCOUNTING

the activity of keeping records of all the money a company spends and receives:

The company said many of the problems arose from insufficient controls over its bookkeeping.
Auditors uncovered 53 bookkeeping errors.

(Definition of “bookkeeping” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)