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verb book pronunciation in American English /bʊk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebooking
past tensebooked
past participlebooked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to buy tickets for an event or trip before you go, or to arrange to stay in a hotel at a particular time in the future
    book a 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.

    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. 3
    [intransitive] American spoken to run or move quickly
    book along/down/through:

    I looked out and saw this guy booking down the street.


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