Meaning of BOOK in English

(~s, ~ing, ~ed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A ~ is a number of pieces of paper, usually with words printed on them, which are fastened together and fixed inside a cover of stronger paper or cardboard. Books contain information, stories, or poetry, for example.

His eighth ~ came out earlier this year and was an instant best-seller...

...the author of a ~ on politics.

...reference ~s.



A ~ of something such as stamps, matches, or tickets is a small number of them fastened together between thin cardboard covers.

Can I have a ~ of first class stamps please?

N-COUNT: usu N of n


When you ~ something such as a hotel room or a ticket, you arrange to have it or use it at a particular time.

British officials have ~ed hotel rooms for the women and children...

Laurie revealed she had ~ed herself a flight home last night.

...three-star restaurants that are normally ~ed for months in advance.

= reserve

VERB: V n, V n n, V-ed


A company’s or organization’s ~s are its records of money that has been spent and earned or of the names of people who belong to it. (BUSINESS)

For the most part he left the ~s to his managers and accountants...

Around 12 per cent of the people on our ~s are in the computing industry.



When a referee ~s a football player who has seriously broken the rules of the game, he or she officially writes down the player’s name.

League referee Keith Cooper ~ed him in the first half for a tussle with the goalie.



When a police officer ~s someone, he or she officially records their name and the offence that they may be charged with.

They took him to the station and ~ed him for assault with a deadly weapon.

= charge



In a very long written work such as the Bible, a ~ is one of the sections into which it is divided.



see also ~ing , cheque ~ , phone ~


If you bring someone to ~, you punish them for an offence or make them explain their behaviour officially.

Police should be asked to investigate so that the guilty can be brought to ~ soon.

PHRASE: V inflects


If you say that someone or something is a closed ~, you mean that you do not know anything about them.

Frank Spriggs was a very able man but something of a closed ~...

Economics was a closed ~ to him.

PHRASE: v-link PHR


If a hotel, restaurant, theatre, or transport service is fully ~ed, or ~ed solid, it is ~ed up.

The car ferries from the mainland are often fully ~ed by February.

PHRASE: v-link PHR


In my ~ means ‘in my opinion’ or ‘according to my beliefs’.

The greatest manager there has ever been, or ever will be in my ~, is retiring.

= to my mind

PHRASE: PHR with cl


to cook the ~s: see cook

to take a leaf from someone’s ~: see leaf

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