platform

noun, often attributive
plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio) \

Definition of platform

1 : plan, design
2 : a declaration of the principles on which a group of persons stands especially : a declaration of principles and policies adopted by a political party or a candidate
3a(1) : a usually raised horizontal flat surface especially : a raised flooring
(2) : a device or structure incorporating or providing a platform especially : such a structure on legs used for offshore drilling (as for oil)
b : a place or opportunity for public discussion
4a : a usually thick layer (as of cork) between the inner sole and outer sole of a shoe
b : a shoe having such a sole
5a : a vehicle (such as a satellite or aircraft) used for a particular purpose or to carry a usually specified kind of equipment
b : operating system also : the computer architecture and equipment using a particular operating system

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Synonyms for platform

Synonyms

dais, podium, rostrum, stage, stand, tribune

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Examples of platform in a Sentence

He stepped up onto the platform and looked out into the audience. She stepped off the train onto the platform. Our train is boarding on platform 6. The party adopted a new platform. The company plans to use the show as a platform to launch the new soft drink.
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According to digital design platform Modsy's predictions, Baby Sussex's nursery could turn out one of a few very different ways. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Baby Nursery Will Probably Look Like This," 2 Apr. 2019 Of the social media platforms, LinkedIn is the place to go for employment opportunities. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "My Boss Follows Me on Instagram — What Do I Do?," 1 Apr. 2019 Each video can be viewed on the Tod's website, as well on the Tod's social media platforms. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Tod's Reimagines an Iconic Design With the D-Styling Handbag," 29 Mar. 2019 The new report — plus a separate report from the University of Oxford also released Monday — provides a fresh look at how social platforms were unwittingly used to influence voter opinion ahead of the 2016 election. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018 Social media platforms have become de facto governments while retaining all of their private powers, which is why people who are perma-banned always cry tyranny. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Death of a provocateur," 30 Nov. 2018 The company says its software helps brands easily change logos, images and other brand assets across multiple platforms through its integration with many apps. Patience Haggin, WSJ, "Former Oath CEO Tim Armstrong Backs Brand Asset Management Software," 15 Mar. 2019 The Fuller House star, who previously had 1.9 million followers and nearly 1,500 posts on the social media platform, got rid of her account mere hours after the news surfaced. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Lori Loughlin Deletes Her Instagram Amid Bombshell College Admissions Cheating Scandal," 12 Mar. 2019 Tall cars feel tall—even crossovers that are built on car platforms as opposed to the more rough-and-tumble SUVs of years gone by. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of platform

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for platform

Middle French plate-forme diagram, map, literally, flat form

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The first known use of platform was in 1535

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platform

noun

English Language Learners Definition of platform

: a flat surface that is raised higher than the floor or ground and that people stand on when performing or speaking
: a flat area next to railroad tracks where people wait for a train or subway
: a usually raised structure that has a flat surface where people or machines do work

platform

noun
plat·​form | \ ˈplat-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce platform (audio) \

Kids Definition of platform

1 : a level usually raised surface We hurried to the train platform. Visitors can observe wildlife from a platform.
2 : a raised floor or stage for performers or speakers
3 : a statement of the beliefs and rules of conduct for which a group stands The candidates discussed their party's platform.
4 : an arrangement of computer components that uses a particular operating system

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