platform Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “platform” in the English Dictionary

"platform" in British English

See all translations

platformnoun

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

B2 [C] a ​flatraisedarea or ​structure
A2 [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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of platform?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“platform” in Business English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

cracker

a thin, flat, hard biscuit, especially one eaten with cheese

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More