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Meaning of “platform” in the English Dictionary

"platform" in British English

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platformnoun

uk   /ˈplæt.fɔːm/  us   /-fɔːrm/
  • platform noun (STRUCTURE)

B2 [C] a ​flatraisedarea or ​structureA2 [C] a ​long, ​flatraisedstructure at a ​railwaystation, where ​people get on and off ​trains: The next ​train for Aberdeen will ​depart from platform 9. [C] the ​raisedpart of the ​floor in a ​largeroom, from which you make a ​speech or give a ​musicalperformance: Speaker after ​speaker mounted/took the platform to ​denounce the ​policy. This ​brilliantyoungviolinist has ​appeared on concert platforms all round the ​world.the platform UK the ​people who are up on a platform in ​order to ​speak to an ​audience: An ​elderlyladystood up and said she had a ​question for the platform. The platform party (= the ​group on the platform)applaudedloudly.

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  • platform noun (IDEAS)

C2 [C usually singular] an ​opportunity to make ​yourideas or ​beliefsknownpublicly: By ​refusing to give us a ​grant to make this ​programme, they are ​denying us a platform. [S] all the things that a ​politicalpartypromises to do if they are ​elected: We ​campaigned on a platform of ​lowtaxation.

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  • platform noun (COMPUTING)

[C] the ​type of ​computersystem or smartphone you are using, in ​relation to the ​type of ​software (= ​computerprograms) you can use on it: This new ​personalbankingsoftware can be used with any Windows platform. Both Apple's iOS and Google's Android ​mobile platforms now have emoji ​keyboardsbuilt into ​theirsoftware.
(Definition of platform from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"platform" in American English

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platformnoun [C]

 us   /ˈplætˌfɔrm/
a ​flat, ​raisedarea or ​structure: We ​waited on the platform for the ​train to ​arrive from Boston. Politicians’ or ​politicalparties’ platforms are the things they say they ​believe in and that they will ​achieve if they are ​elected: He ​campaigned on a platform of ​reducingtaxes and ​cutting the ​costs of ​government.
(Definition of platform from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"platform" in Business English

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platformnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈplætfɔːm/
IT a particular ​computertechnology that can be used with some ​types of ​softwareprograms but not with others: Companies are ​creating standard platforms to ​collect and ​processmassiveamounts of ​data.a computer/technology/software platform CIM ​systems are the ​technology platform of this ​organization.
COMMUNICATIONS a ​method of ​communication or ​entertainment, for ​exampletelevision, radio, or the ​internet: We are ​currentlysellingadvertisements across several different platforms - web, ​internetphones, and ​multiplesections of the ​newspaper.
COMMUNICATIONS a particular ​technology that is used for ​broadcastingtelevision or radio ​programmes: The ​club has now set up its own ​televisionchannel, ​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 ​eurospent on ​marketing and ​marketdevelopment will ​provide a platform for ​long-termgrowth 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 ​economicreform.
(Definition of platform from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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