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tablenoun

uk   us   /ˈteɪ.bl̩/
  • table noun (FURNITURE)

A1 [C] a ​flatsurface, usually ​supported by four ​legs, used for putting things on [+ sing/pl verb] the ​peoplesitting at a table: There was a really ​noisy table behind us ​celebrating someone's ​birthday. [C] Indian English a table that you ​work at in an ​office
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set the table B1 (UK also lay the table) to put a ​cloth, ​knives, and ​forks, etc. on the table in ​preparation for a ​meal: Could you set the table forlunch, ​please?

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tableverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈteɪ.bl̩/
(Definition of table from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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tablenoun [C]

 us   /ˈteɪ·bəl/
  • table noun [C] (FURNITURE)

a ​piece of ​furniture that has a ​flattopsupported by ​legs: We ​ateourmealssitting around a ​largediningroom table. The table also ​means all the ​people at a table: The ​whole table had a very good ​time.
  • table noun [C] (INFORMATION)

an ​arrangement of ​facts and ​numbers, usually in ​rows on a ​page, that makes ​informationeasy to ​understandtable of contents A table of ​contents is a ​list of what is in a ​book.

tableverb [T]

 us   /ˈteɪ·bəl/
  • table verb [T] (NOT DISCUSS)

to ​leave something for ​discussion or ​consideration at a ​latertime: We’ll have to table these last two ​items until ​our next ​meeting.
(Definition of table from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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tablenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈteɪbl/
GRAPHS & CHARTS an ​arrangement of facts or ​numbers in rows or ​columns, especially in ​printedmaterial, on ​computerscreens, etc.: The table can ​help you ​evaluate the ​potentialrisks of ​investing in the Fund. Building ​societiesdominate the best-value tables for ​mortgages. This table ​representsexportsales.
MEETINGS a ​place or ​opportunity for ​people to ​meet and discuss something: When they get to the bargaining table, there will be a fight over ​unionmembership. In countries where women are denied a ​seat at the table, ​democracy remains a hollow promise.
off the table no ​longer being considered: A ​dividendpayment this ​year is definitely off the table.
on the table having been ​offered or suggested so that it can be considered: Management said that there were important new ​benefits on the table. The ​deal appears to be still on the table. US not going to be discussed until later: If you have an important matter to ​raise, don't leave it on the table.

tableverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈteɪbl/ MEETINGS
UK to suggest or ​offer something for discussion: table an offer/bid/proposal The ​company has been looking for a ​buyer for several months but so far no ​offer has been tabled.table a motion/amendment/resolution MPs tabled 118 last ​minuteamendments.
US to ​leave a ​subject or ​idea to be discussed later: The ​motion has been tabled. I ​propose tabling this for the ​time being.
(Definition of table from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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