forum

noun
fo·​rum | \ ˈfȯr-əm How to pronounce forum (audio) \
plural forums also fora\ ˈfȯr-​ə How to pronounce fora (audio) \

Definition of forum

1a : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city forming the center of judicial and public business
b : a public meeting place for open discussion The club provides a forum for people interested in local history.
c : a medium (such as a newspaper or online service) of open discussion or expression of ideas
2 : a judicial body or assembly : court
3a : a public meeting or lecture involving audience discussion The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal.
b : a program (as on radio or television) involving discussion of a problem usually by several authorities

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Examples of forum in a Sentence

Forums were held to determine how to handle the situation. The town has scheduled a public forum to discuss the proposal. The club provides a forum for people who share an interest in local history.
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The Monitor's View Federal regulators plan a forum on ways to prevent short-term focus on profits in order to deal with long-term problems such as climate change and an aging society. Christian Science Monitor, "Commentary," 7 June 2019 Then the council would hold a public forum with the candidates before the June 18 council meeting and later interview them, rank them anonymously and select the new members based on their scores. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "Amid City Hall turbulence, embattled Lakeland mayor says he will retire after term ends," 7 June 2019 The road work was completed in late May, two months after the South Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted a cycling safety forum in Minneola aimed at encouraging cyclists and motorists to learn to co-exist on the roads. Jerry Fallstrom, orlandosentinel.com, "Resurfaced Sugarloaf Mountain Road offers smoother ride for cyclists: ‘The road really looks nice’," 6 June 2019 During this year’s anniversary, several student unions decided to revive a forum on the future of Hong Kong instead of participating in the yearly vigil. Laignee Barron / Hong Kong, Time, "30 Years Later, Hong Kong Still Harbors the Spirit of Tiananmen," 4 June 2019 The senator from New Jersey visited the Orangeburg school last year to host a forum on the importance of voting in the 2018 midterm elections. Meg Kinnard, The Seattle Times, "Booker to give commencement at historically black university," 25 Mar. 2019 Town staff hosted a community forum seeking feedback from hundreds of residents who attended. Mikaela Porter, courant.com, "Malloy Says Financial Tech Company Will Relocate To Former UConn Campus In West Hartford," 3 July 2018 In the first three days of the ad’s release, there were more than 1.6 million mentions of Gillette on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram, as well as blogs, forums and news sites, according to data from Brandwatch, a social-media monitoring company. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Gillette’s Ad With a #MeToo Edge Gets Mixed Reactions," 17 Jan. 2019 Both candidates expect to have enough money to go on air with radio and television ads, in addition to traditional, lower-cost campaign strategies such as direct mail, knocking on doors and attending candidate forums and debates. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Primary behind them, Schuh and Pittman focus on matchup in county executive race," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of forum

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for forum

Latin; akin to Latin foris outside, fores door — more at door

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forum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of forum

: a meeting at which a subject can be discussed
: a place or opportunity for discussing a subject
: a large public place in an ancient Roman city that was used as the center of business

forum

noun
fo·​rum | \ ˈfȯr-əm How to pronounce forum (audio) \

Kids Definition of forum

1 : the marketplace or public place of an ancient Roman city serving as the center for public business
2 : a place or opportunity for discussion

forum

noun
fo·​rum | \ ˈfō-rəm How to pronounce forum (audio) \

Legal Definition of forum

2a : a judicial body or assembly : court allowed the defendant in a state court action to choose the federal forum by removing the case— M. H. Redish
b : the territorial jurisdiction of a court due process requires defendant to have minimum level of contacts with forum before personal jurisdiction may be exercisedNational Law Journal

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