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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Its composer took suggestions on changes to the lyrics from participants in an online forum and has invited people to create their own versions. Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times, "‘Glory to Hong Kong': A new protest anthem moves singers to tears," 13 Sep. 2019 The process to select Williams involved a May community meeting, an online forum that was open for two months and a panel interview that included members of the community. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Vallejo selects Shawny Williams as new police chief," 13 Sep. 2019 At this year's Group of Seven finance ministers' meeting in Chantilly, France, officials said that the countries aim to sketch out the outlines of a global agreement on taxing digital business by January, and to create an arbitration forum. NBC News, "Google pays France over $1 billion to settle tax case," 12 Sep. 2019 Witness the video of him at an Asian American political forum in Costa Mesa, California, on Sunday – crowd surfing. Susan Page, USA TODAY, "5 questions the Democratic debate may answer, including: Is Biden a fragile front-runner?," 12 Sep. 2019 Then, in an online hacking forum, the hackers behind GandCrab announced their retirement in May. After that, another strain of ransomware known as Sodinokibi ransomware sprung up and began targeting MSPs. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The New Target That Enables Ransomware Hackers to Paralyze Dozens of Towns and Businesses at Once," 12 Sep. 2019 An informational candidates forum will be offered at 2 pm. Rich Heileman, cleveland.com, "Berea to host 29th annual Arts Fest: Around The Town," 30 Aug. 2019 The agency has scheduled an extra community discussion forum on Wednesday to hear from residents in person. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your pier or mine? La Playa docks are dredging up big controversy in this upscale Shelter Island area," 24 Aug. 2019 A few months later the same rifle showed up for sale with a $1,500 list price in an online forum that facilitates gun sales between strangers, which don’t always require a background check. Allie Morris, ExpressNews.com, "Want to buy a gun at steep discount? Ask a Texas state trooper.," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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