table Definition

  • 1a piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, providing a level surface for eating, writing, or working at.
  • 2a set of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns.
  • 3postpone consideration of.

Using table: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "table" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She sat at the table and ate her breakfast.

  • Example

    The data is presented in the table below.

  • Example

    We need to table this discussion until the next meeting.

table Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for table

Idioms Using table

  • cause a complete reversal of circumstances or fortunes


    The underdog team turned the tables and won the game.

  • be included in a group or activity


    She worked hard to get a place at the table with the company's executives.

  • prepare for an event or activity


    We need to set the table for the upcoming conference.

Phrases with table

  • available for discussion or negotiation


    The proposal is on the table for further review.

  • a conference or discussion involving several participants of equal status


    The round table discussion was productive and informative.

  • done secretly or dishonestly


    He was paid under the table for his work.

Origins of table

from Old English 'tabele', from Latin 'tabula', meaning 'plank, board, table'


Summary: table in Brief

A 'table' [ˈteɪbl] is a piece of furniture with a flat top and one or more legs, used for eating, writing, or working. It can also refer to a set of facts or figures displayed systematically, or to postpone consideration of something. Phrases like 'on the table' denote availability for discussion, while 'under the table' implies secrecy. Idioms like 'turn the tables' indicate a complete reversal of circumstances, and 'set the table' means to prepare for an event or activity.

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