Definition of timetable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌɪmteɪb(ə)l/


1A chart showing the departure and arrival times of trains, buses, or aircraft: these itineraries are subject to bus timetables
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  • The Mourne Rambler local bus service has made some minor alterations to its timetable with departure and arrival times varying slightly from the summer schedule.
  • Passengers will benefit from timetables linked to train departures at the nearby railway station.
  • Arriva is already running buses after cutting its timetable by 80 trains a day last October because of a shortage of drivers.
1.1A plan of times at which events are scheduled to take place, especially towards a particular end: the acceleration of the timetable for monetary union
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  • The steering committee is tasked with making schedules for legislators to assist them in planning their work timetables, whether it be for an entire year, semester or a single meeting session.
  • More than 1,500 programmes are printed each year, helping to provide a timetable of events but also raise funds for the festival committee.
  • As well as laying out the timetable of events, sales of programmes also raise funds for the festival committee.
schedule, programme, agenda, calendar, diary, appointment book/diary, engagement diary, social life;
list, rota, roster;
1.2British A chart showing how the weekly time of a school or college is allotted to classes: science students had very full timetables
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  • At college we are now back into the full timetable of classes and rehearsals after a three week period of rest over Christmas which was a very welcome break after such a hectic autumn term!
  • Full-time students will also be sent home for a study week in the week starting on Monday, June 13, as the college suspends its normal timetable.
  • They fear the new timetable, with GCSE classes starting four weeks early at the end of the summer term, will eat into their usually quiet exam period.
syllabus, curriculum, course, programme of instruction, teaching programme


[with object]
Schedule (something) to take place at a particular time: German lessons were timetabled on Wednesday and Friday
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  • The programme has angered rail watchdogs who accuse struggling Railtrack of timetabling the various closures disastrously.
  • Towards the start of GCSE examinations in May, timetabled lessons are geared towards revision and teaching youngsters revision skills.
  • The changes include timetabling important votes on Thursday afternoons, at a time when many MPs with constituencies outside London have normally left parliament for the weekend.
schedule, set, set up, arrange, organize, sort out, fix, fix up, fix a time for, time, book, line up, slot in, prearrange, bill, programme, plan;
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