- 1 a piece of furniture that consists of a flat top supported by legs a kitchen table A table for two, please (= in a restaurant). I'd like to reserve a table for tonight (= in a restaurant). to set the table (= to put the plates, knives, etc. on it for a meal) to clear the table (= take away the dirty plates, etc. at the end of a meal) He questioned her next morning over the breakfast table (= during breakfast). a pool/billiard table There are many compounds ending in table. You will find them at their place in the alphabet. people
- 2 the people sitting at a table for a meal or to play cards, etc. He kept the whole table entertained with his jokes. see also round-table list of facts/numbers
- 3a list of facts or numbers arranged in a special order, usually in rows and columns a table of contents (= a list of the main points or information in a book, usually at the front of the book) Table 2 shows how prices and earnings have increased over the past 20 years. see also multiplication table, the periodic table, turntable, water table
- 4= times table Idioms
- 1 (of a plan, suggestion, etc.) offered to people so that they can consider or discuss it Management has put several new proposals on the table.
- 2 (of a plan, suggestion, etc.) not going to be discussed or considered until a future date We're leaving Conner's suggestion on the table until next week.
nounjump to other results
to contribute something useful to a discussion, project, etc. What our new chairman brings to the table is real commitment and energy.
bring something to the party/tablejump to other results
to drink more alcohol than someone else without becoming as drunk as they are
drink somebody under the table (informal)jump to other results
on the tablejump to other results
to change a situation so that you are now in a stronger position than the person who used to be in a stronger position than you
turn the tables (on somebody)jump to other results
to work serving food to people in a restaurant
wait tablesjump to other results