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tablenoun

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

A1 [C] a flat surface, usually supported by four legs, used for putting things on
[+ sing/pl verb] the people sitting 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 for lunch, please?

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tableverb [T]

uk   /ˈteɪ.bəl/  us   /ˈteɪ.bəl/
(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 flat top supported by legs: We ate our meals sitting around a large dining room 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 information easy to understand
table 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 later time: 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 printed material, on computer screens, etc.: The table can help you evaluate the potential risks of investing in the Fund. Building societies dominate the best-value tables for mortgages. This table represents export sales.
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 union membership. In countries where women are denied a seat at the table, democracy remains a hollow promise.
off the table
no longer being considered: A dividend payment 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 minute amendments.
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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