Meaning of BOOK in English

■ noun

1》 a written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.

↘a main division of a literary work or of the Bible.

2》 a bound set of blank sheets for writing in: an accounts ~.

↘( ~s ) a set of records or accounts.

↘a ~maker's record of bets accepted and money paid out.

3》 a set of tickets, stamps, matches, etc., bound together.

4》 ( the ~ ) the first six tricks taken by the declarer in a hand of bridge.

■ verb

1》 reserve (accommodation, a ticket, etc.).

↘( ~ in ) register one's arrival at a hotel.

↘engage (a performer or guest) for an event.

↘( be ~ed up ) have all places reserved.

2》 make an official note of the details of (someone who has broken a law or rule).

↘ Soccer (of a referee) note down the name of (a player) cautioned for foul play.


bring someone to ~ chiefly Brit. officially call someone to account for their behaviour.

by the ~ strictly according to the rules.

in someone's bad (or good ) ~s in disfavour (or favour) with someone.

in my ~ in my opinion.

make (or open ) a ~ ( N. Amer. make ~ ) take bets and pay out winnings on the outcome of a contest or other event.

on the ~s contained in a list of members, employees, or clients.

People of the Book Jews and Christians as regarded by Muslims.

suit one's ~ Brit. dated be convenient to one.

take a leaf out of someone's ~ imitate or emulate someone in a particular way.

throw the ~ at informal charge or punish (someone) as severely as possible.


~er noun

~ing noun


OE bōc , bōcian 'to grant by charter', of Gmc origin.

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