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Pronunciation: /bʊk/

Translation of book in Spanish:


  • 1 (printed work) libro (masculine) it sounds like something out of a book parece de cuento a book on the French Revolution un libro sobre la revolución francesa the good Book [formal] la Biblia the Book of Daniel el Libro de Daniel by o according to the book ciñéndose a las reglas or normas to go by the book ceñirse* (estrictamente) a las normas or reglas in my book a mi modo de ver, en mi opinión that's one for the book [colloquial/familiar] es un verdadero récord to be a closed book to sb ser* un misterio para algn to be an open book ser* (como) un libro abierto to be in sb's good/bad books [colloquial/familiar] I'm in her bad books now en este momento no soy santo de su devoción try to get into her good books trata de conquistártela to be on book [Theater/Teatro] hacer* de apuntador to bring sb to book pedirle* cuentas a algn to be brought to book tener* que rendir cuentas to read sb like a book he said he didn't care, but I could read him like a book dijo que no le importaba, pero a mí no me engañaba don't tell me stories, I can read you like a book a mí no me vengas con cuentos, que yo ya te conozco to speak o talk like a book hablar como un libro to suit sb's book she'll tell you whatever suits her book te dirá lo que (a ella) le interese or le convenga to throw the book at sb castigar* duramente a algn book lover amante (masculine and feminine) de los libros, bibliófilo, (masculine, feminine)
    Example sentences
    • After some serious research he wrote a book on the subject, Ancient Mosaics in Bulgaria.
    • Rosie bought me the DVD along with a book on philosophy.
    • I sat there a while longer, staring down at the vellum pages of the book on the low desk before me.
  • 4
    (books plural)
    4.1 [Business/Comercio] [Finance] the books los libros to keep o do the books llevar los libros or la contabilidad cook 2 2 4.2 (of club, agency) registro (masculine) are you on our books? ¿está inscrito aquí?
    Example sentences
    • They balance the books by selling places to students from developing countries.
    • What's more, balance the books properly and you can avoid the perils of going deeper and deeper into debt.
    • They need to be able to balance the books to continue to provide it.
  • 5 (betting) (American English/inglés norteamericano) I'd make book they'll lose the game! me apuesto or me juego la cabeza a que pierden el partido

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

(especially British English/especialmente inglés británico)
  • 1 1.1 [room/seat/flight] reservar; [appointment] concertar* we're booked to fly on Tuesday tenemos el vuelo reservado para el martes the hotel/restaurant/flight is fully booked el hotel/restaurante/vuelo está completo we're fully booked until June hasta junio no nos queda nada can we book a time to meet and discuss this? (British English/inglés británico) ¿cuándo nos podríamos reunir para discutirlo? I'm booked (up) all this week tengo toda la semana ocupada 1.2 [performer/band] contratar they're fully booked for the next six months no pueden aceptar más compromisos para los próximos seis meses
  • 3 3.1 (record charge against) multar, ponerle* una multa a he was booked for speeding lo multaron or le pusieron una multa por exceso de velocidad 3.2 (in soccer) (British English/inglés británico) amonestar

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • (especially British English/especialmente inglés británico) hacer* una reserva or (in Latin America also/en América Latina también) una reservación, reservar


  • (before noun/delante del nombre) [value/profit] según los libros

Phrasal verbs

book in

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (register arrival) (British English/inglés británico) inscribirse*, registrarse 1.1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento 2.1 (reserve room for) she'd booked us in at the Hilton nos había reservado habitación en el Hilton 2.2 (register sb's arrival) the receptionist booked us in el recepcionista nos apuntó en el registro

book up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
(reserve) (often passive/frecuentemente en voz pasiva) the hotels are all booked up los hoteles están todos completos tonight's performance is booked up no quedan localidades para la función de esta noche the orchestra is booked up until the summer la orquesta no puede aceptar más compromisos hasta el verano

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