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“table” in English

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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)

“table” in Business English

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tablenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈteɪbl/ us

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 /ˈteɪbl/ us 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)