Meaning of BOOK in English

BOOK

/ bʊk; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

PRINTED WORK

1.

[ C ] a set of printed pages that are fastened inside a cover so that you can turn them and read them :

a pile of books

hardback / paperback books

2.

[ C ] a written work published in printed or electronic form :

a book by Stephen King

a book about / on wildlife

reference / children's / library books

FOR WRITING IN

3.

[ C ] a set of sheets of paper that are fastened together inside a cover and used for writing in :

an exercise book

a notebook

—see also address book

OF STAMPS / TICKETS / MATCHES, etc.

4.

[ C ] a set of things that are fastened together like a book :

a book of stamps / tickets / matches

a chequebook

ACCOUNTS

5.

books [ pl. ] the written records of the financial affairs of a business

SYN accounts :

to do the books (= to check the accounts)

SECTION OF BIBLE, etc.

6.

[ C ] a section of a large written work :

the books of the Bible

FOR BETTING

7.

[ C ] ( BrE ) a record of bets made on whether sth will happen, sb will win a race, etc.

IDIOMS

- be in sb's good / bad books

- bring sb to book (for sth)

- by the book

- in my book

- (be) on sb's books

- throw the book at sb

—more at close (I) verb , closed , cook verb , history , judge verb , leaf noun , open adjective , read verb , suit verb , trick noun

■ verb

1.

( especially BrE ) to arrange with a hotel, restaurant, theatre, etc. to have a room, table, seat, etc. on a particular date :

[ v ]

Book early to avoid disappointment.

[ vn ]

I'd like to book a table for two for 8 o'clock tonight.

The performance is booked up (= there are no more tickets available) .

I'm sorry—we're fully booked .

—compare reserve

2.

[ vn ] to arrange for sb to have a seat on a plane, etc. :

I've booked you on the 10 o'clock flight.

3.

[ vn ] to arrange for a singer, etc. to perform on a particular date :

We've booked a band for the wedding reception.

4.

[ vn ] ( informal ) to write down sb's name and address because they have committed a crime or an offence :

He was booked for possession of cocaine.

5.

[ vn ] ( BrE , informal ) ( of a referee ) to write down in an official book the name of a player who has broken the rules of the game

PHRASAL VERBS

- book in / into sth

- book sb in / into sth

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English bōc (originally also a document or charter ), bōcian to grant by charter , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boek and German Buch , and probably to beech (on which runes were carved).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.