American English

Definition of book verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they book
    he / she / it books
    past simple booked
    -ing form booking
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to arrange to have or use something on a particular date in the future; to buy a ticket in advance Book early to avoid disappointment. book something She booked a flight to Chicago. The performance is fully booked (= there are no more tickets available). I'm sorry—we're booked solid. Book is not used if you do not have to pay in advance; instead use make a reservation. compare reserve
  2. 2[transitive] to arrange for someone to have a seat on a plane, etc. book somebody + adv./prep. I booked you on the 10 o'clock flight. book somebody something (+ adv./prep.) I booked you a room at the Plaza Hotel.
  3. 3[transitive] book somebody/something (for something) to arrange for a singer, etc. to perform on a particular date We booked a band for the wedding reception.
  4. 4[transitive] book somebody (for something) (informal) to write down someone's name and address because they have committed a crime or an offense He was booked for possession of cocaine.
  5. Idioms
      be booked up
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    1. 1if a restaurant, etc. is booked up, it is full and there are no places available That new restaurant is booked up for weeks.
    2. 2() if a person is booked up, they are very busy and not available to do anything else
    Phrasal Verbsbook somebody in/into something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: book