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verb     book pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebooking
past tensebooked
past participlebooked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to buy tickets, or to arrange to have or use something at a particular time in the future

    I’ll book a table for 8 o’clock.

    book a holiday/flight/tour/trip:

    Our flight was booked six months ago.

    book in advance:

    The tours are very popular, so it’s best to book in advance.

    fully booked:

    I’m sorry sir, that flight is fully booked already.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to arrange for someone to perform or speak at a public event

      Her job is to book bands for the festival.

      book someone to do something:

      Several leading businessmen were booked to speak at the conference.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if the police book someone, they take them to the police station and make a record of their crime
    book someone for something:

    They booked him for assault.

    1. a.
      British if a sports referee books a player who has broken the rules, the player’s name is recorded in an official book. In football, a player who is booked gets a yellow card
      book someone for something:

      Adams was booked for dangerous play.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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