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platform

noun uk   /ˈplæt.fɔːm/ us    /-fɔːrm/

platform noun (STRUCTURE)

B2 [C] a flat raised area or structureFloors and parts of floors A2 [C] a long, flat raised structure at a railway station, where people get on and off trains: The train for Aberdeen will depart from platform 9.Train and bus stations and taxi ranks [C] the raised part of the floor in a large room, from which you make a speech or give a musical performance: Speaker after speaker mounted/took the platform to denounce the policy. This brilliant young violinist has appeared on concert platforms all round the world.Floors and parts of floors the platform UK the people who are up on a platform in order to speak to an audience: An elderly lady stood up and said she had a question for the platform. The platform party (= the group on the platform) applauded loudly.Groups of people

platform noun (IDEAS)

C2 [C usually singular] an opportunity to make your ideas or beliefs known publicly: By refusing to give us a grant to make this programme, they are denying us a platform.Opportunity Freedom to actIdeas, concepts and theories [S] all the things that a political party promises to do if they are elected: We campaigned on a platform of low taxation.Politics

platform noun (COMPUTING)

[C] the type of computer system you are using, in connection with the type of software (= computer programs) you can use on it: This new personal banking software can be used with any Windows platform.Computer hardware
(Definition of platform from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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