Part of speech:
"Table" is a transitive verb.
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you table something.)
Meaning: When you table something, you stop talking about it--you put it away, taking it off the table, so that you can talk about it later or just never even talk about it again.
(However, it's only us Americans who use that meaning. In other English-speaking nations, to table something is to START talking about it: to put it ON the table for discussion.)
How to use it:
Talk about tabling an idea, tabling a suggestion, tabling a proposal, tabling a bill, tabling a motion, and so on. You can use "tabled" as an adjective and talk about the tabled suggestion, the tabled proposal, etc. This is a formal word that we hear a lot in discussions of lawmakers and other groups of officials, but you can use it conversationally, too.
Congress has long been criticized for tabling immigration reforms; we desperately need those changes to take place.
If your proposals keep getting tabled by your boss, however politely, that's a pretty clear indication that your ideas will never be accepted.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "tabled" means when you can explain it without saying "set aside" or "stop considering."
Think of the last time you gently rejected someone's request by putting it off for later, and fill in the blanks: “I tabled _____ by saying _____.”
Example: “I tabled his constant dinner invitation by saying I would be really busy until at least the end of the semester.”
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Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"a pricking" + "related to" = ?
Try this one today:
"adult" + "becoming" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Carl Sagan: "If it can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be destroyed by the truth."
1. The opposite of TABLE is
C. GLOSS OVER
2. When their requests for better cafeteria food were tabled without a vote, the students _____.
A. celebrated and felt relieved.
B. spent more money on school lunches and felt empowered by the change.
C. felt they weren't being taken seriously and were justifiably angry.
Answers are below.
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