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platform

noun [C]     /ˈplætfɔːm/
IT a particular computer technology that can be used with some types of software programs but not with others : Companies are creating standard platforms to collect and process massive amounts of data .a computer/technology/software platform CIM systems are the technology platform of this organization .
COMMUNICATIONS a method of communication or entertainment , for example television , radio , or the internet : We are currently selling advertisements across several different platforms - web , internet phones , and multiple sections of the newspaper .
COMMUNICATIONS a particular technology that is used for broadcasting television or radio programmes : The club has now set up its own television channel , aiming to launch a paid-for service on an existing broadcast platform before the year's end.
a set of actions or ideas that forms the basis for future development : a platform for sth Every euro spent on marketing and market development will provide a platform for long-term growth and profits .a strong/solid/sound platform The board believes that the group has a strong platform on which to grow .
POLITICS a set of ideas and plans that a politician or party promises to act on if elected : on a platform He won a decisive victory on a platform of economic reform .
→ See also cross-platform, oil platform, trading platform
(Definition of platform noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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