book ( books plural & 3rd person present) ( booking present participle) ( booked past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A book 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 book came out earlier this year and was an instant best-seller..., ...the author of a book on politics., ...reference books.
2 n-count A bookof something such as stamps, matches, or tickets is a small number of them fastened together between thin cardboard covers.
usu N of n
Can I have a book of first class stamps please?
3 verb When you book something such as a hotel room or a ticket, you arrange to have it or use it at a particular time.
British officials have booked hotel rooms for the women and children... V n
Laurie revealed she had booked herself a flight home last night. V n n
...three-star restaurants that are normally booked for months in advance. V-ed
4 n-plural A company's or organization's books 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 books to his managers and accountants..., Around 12 per cent of the people on our books are in the computing industry.
5 verb When a referee books 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 booked him in the first half for a tussle with the goalie. V n
6 verb When a police officer books someone, he or she officially records their name and the offence that they may be charged with.
They took him to the station and booked him for assault with a deadly weapon. V n
7 n-count In a very long written work such as the Bible, a book is one of the sections into which it is divided.
9 If you bring someone to book, you punish them for an offence or make them explain their behaviour officially.
bring sb to book phrase V inflects
Police should be asked to investigate so that the guilty can be brought to book soon.
10 If you say that someone or something is a closed book, you mean that you do not know anything about them.
closed book phrase v-link PHR
Frank Spriggs was a very able man but something of a closed book..., Economics was a closed book to him.
11 If a hotel, restaurant, theatre, or transport service is fully booked, or booked solid, it is booked up.
fully booked/booked solid phrase v-link PHR
The car ferries from the mainland are often fully booked by February.
12 In my book means `in my opinion' or `according to my beliefs'.
in my book phrase PHR with cl
(=to my mind)
The greatest manager there has ever been, or ever will be in my book, is retiring.
to cook the books
to take a leaf from someone's book
leaf book in , book into phrasal verb When you book into a hotel or when you book in, you officially state that you have arrived to stay there, usually by signing your name in a register.
(=check in, check into) (Antonym: check out, check out of)
He was happy to book into the Royal Pavilion Hotel... V P n
Today Mahoney booked himself into one of the best hotels in Sydney... V n P n, Also V p, V n P
in AM, use check in, check into